Njeremoto Biodiversity Institute Profile and Picture Gallery

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The Njeremoto Biodiversity Institute (NBI) established on 11th November 2004 as a non-profit organization with a mandate to facilitate Sustainable Time Controlled Grazing in Arid and Semi-arid Rangeland Ecosystems, works and learns together with Smallholder Rural Communities, in Zimbabwe, SADC Region, Africa, and internationally to manage mankind’s livelihoods and resources holistically so that it can improve our lives both now and for our future generations;  is located 54 km north of Masvingo City along the Beitbridge-Masvingo-Harare Highway, in Chatsworth Area, in Masvingo Province of Zimbabwe (GPS coordinates S19o35.80’, E 30o46.21’,). 


Project Quote:

Growing up in traditional Shona woodlands, biodiversity was the norm. I am sad seeing the demise of the ecosystem due to land degradation. Project Sustainable Rangelands Management sees the blooming savannah grasslands in Zimbabwe and in all semi-arid rangelands of the world.” Osmond Mugweni



To work and learn together with Smallholder Rural Communities, in arid and semi-arid areas of Zimbabwe, SADC Region, Africa, and internationally managing human lives and resources holistically so as to improve the quality of life for current and future generations.


Commitment  to sustainable management of semi-arid rangelands creating wealthy communities who are cohesive, self-reliant, self-regulating, motivated, action oriented and have sustainable livelihoods. To us the biggest threat to the human environment is not climate change, but the predominance of bare-ground as a result of unsustainable land use practices caused by misunderstanding of arid and semi-arid environment management requirements.


Core Values

  • Excellence

  • Integrity

  • Team work (Majanha)

  • Holistic management

  • Sustainable development

  • Ecological sustainability

  • Improved livelihoods

  • Gendered

  • Innovative

NBI-Zimbabwe Guiding Principles 

  1. Bring back nature principle: Enhancing the health of the ecosystems and respect of nature as a basis for sustainable livelihoods.

  2. Always promoting and improving effective teamwork in our work with committees, other stakeholders and amongst ourselves. 

  3. Accountable & Transparent / Seeing and conveying things as they really are without fear of failure

  4. Innovative and Creative: Keep looking for and trying out new ways of doing things.

  5. Plan -> Monitor -> Control -> Re-plan: Continually checking progress and learning from our experiences

  6. Research and Documentation: Ensure a variety of evidence to illustrate the impact of our work

Philosophy and Hypothesis

Research Hypothesis I

Vegetation in arid or semi-arid rangelands is à function of human management or land use practice.


Research Hypothesis II

The missing dimensions are:

  1. Absence of an effective management structure to manage common property resources and

  2. Inappropriate knowledge to manage arid and semi arid ecosystems

Thanks to Ashoka for identifying and molding the innovation from 2002 to date.


The Developed Management Structure in The Pilot Community Program

Thanks to Tudor Trust UK 

The Philosophy that guides the NBI Theory and Practice is the Dynamic Interaction of Education, Adaptive Research to enhance sustainable development. Learning through practice and action


The Three Part Project Holistic Goal/Context for the Institute is:


(A) The quality of life statement is that of the Institute where ever it operates:

  • We want to work in harmony , with team spirit and in an atmosphere of mutual support and care which responds to specific needs of both men and women at all times,

  • We desire honesty, openness, and  freedom to express our views and ideas in the work place,

  • We want to work were people are respected,

  • We want personal financial well-being and to work in an organization that is financially secure,

  • We desire good housing in a clean living and working environment as well as to experience educational opportunities for our children and to enable us to improve personally,

  • We desire to be healthy, enjoying clean air, water and abundant nutritious foods in an aesthetically pleasing and clean environment,

  • We desire to work free from politics, racialism, gender-bias and any other prejudice and

  • We desire to create and work with sound and tested working systems for all management.*



(B) The forms of production to be enhanced by the Institute

  • To meet our purpose and enjoy working lives as outlined above, we must produce:

  • Profitable enterprise and sound financial planning at all times,

  • Exceptional holistic management training and living example of holistic management in practice,

  • A collaborating management and staff team that is always pulling in one-direction – towards our holistic context,

  • Education, training and employment opportunities for smallholder communities in arid and semi-arid environments,

  • A work environment in which visiting students, tourists and  others feel welcomed, cared for and appreciated,

  • Institute grounds that fit the local environment and have good offices, work places, housing and amenities for sport and enjoyment with a clean environment free from dirt, trash and polluting waste,

  • Opportunities and an environment which accommodates  personal growth and learning which addresses strategic gender needs  via appropriate research and

  • Quality leisure time to engage in sporting and other activities with community and family.


 (C) The future resource base

Our Behavior

For us to achieve our purpose through gaining the respect and support of our clients, suppliers, partners and the local community we must remain:

  • Helpful, friendly ,honest, open to ideas from others, have a good attitude, be prompt, reliable, clean, respectful, caring and professional, gendered, skilled, knowledgeable, competent, motivated, passionate and enthusiastic.


Our Land:

 The land we manage and that managed by the community which we work with, must years from now:

  • Enjoy  effective water and mineral cycling, high density of all life forms and wildlife,

  • Have perennially running rivers and reliable underground water sources, small crop fields, intensive cropping, covered soils and be part of overall density of landscape and life forms and

  • Have croplands, gardens and rangelands on which   soils will be covered with plants and litter to ensure our sustained future, land that will support  far greater production than today of wildlife, livestock, gardens and more to ensure a prosperous and stable community.


The Project implementation is guided by the HOLISTIC LAND AND LIVESTOCK MANAGEMENT PRINCIPLES AND FRAMEWORK whose goals and principles have a focus on water restoration, land restoration, productive crop fields and healthy animals.  These principles/project objectives include:-


Water Restoration

  • Keeping soil covered is the only way to reduce droughts and floods and restore rivers and underground water.

  • Restoring grasslands results in more permanent water flow into rivers and boreholes.

  • Water soaks into ground that is covered with living plants and litter.

  • Water runs off bare soil and what does soak in soon evaporates back out.

  • Water in boreholes and rivers is more permanent and abundant when soil is covered.



Land Restoration

  • Animal impact – mainly hoof impact – is the main thing that causes more grass to grow, provided trampling is interspersed with time for plant recovery and grow.

  • Animal impact occurs when animals are concentrated and their hooves break up the soil surface and trample down plant material to cover the soil.

  • Livestock need to be concentrated and moving to a holistic grazing plan throughout the year – growing and non-growing season.

  • Planned grazing and community herd is the only way to create adequate ground cover, reduce droughts and floods and enable people to run many more animals.

  • Allowing a few animals to wander around, and not in one herd, is the main reason people are experiencing increasing droughts and poverty and running out of water and grass. Planned grazing requires trained herders to move animals every day to a grazing plan.

  • Wondering animals destroy the land by grazing plants so often that they can regrow and build strong root systems or provide soil covering litter.


Productive Crop-fields

  • Animal dung and urine mixed with the soil adds nutrients.

  • Animal hoof action breaks up hard capped soil surfaces to prepare soil for seed germination

  • Crop residue left in fields until the main herd feeds while also dunging, urinating and trampling litter onto the ground keeps the soil covered and healthy.

  • Animals concentrated tightly in an overnight kraal will enrich soil, break down crop residue and over the soil so the next crop is more productive

  • Mixing crops and rotating them in fields helps maintain diverse communities that are more productive and less likely to be damaged by insects.


Healthy Animals

  • Most animals become unhealthy due to shortages of water and grass, which in turn is caused by people allowing their few animals to wander over the croplands and grazing lands.

  • More animals and healthy ones can be run if kept in one herd using holistic planned grazing throughout the year – both growing and non-growing season.

  • Increasing livestock numbers but keeping them concentrated and moving to a grazing plan ensures more grass and water and healthier animals.

  • Abundant grass and water will make animals health.

  • Trained herders are essential to ensure the grazing plan is followed, animals are handled quietly and without stress, that animals start grazing early and end late each day and that sick animals are detected quickly and treated.

  • Animals given enough clean water every day will produce more milk, health calves and quality organic meat.

Project Outputs

  • Restores healthy grasslands

  • Rehabilitates degraded rangelands

  • Restores natural water sources

  • Recharges underground water

  • Reverses desertification

  • Improves herd management

  • Increases herd productivity

  • Increases food & nutrition security

  • Increases incomes

  • Improves livelihoods

  • Encourages agro-processing, value adding, packaging, wholesaling and rural economic growth

  • Creates employment and investment opportunities in rural areas

  • Encourages eco and cultural tourism

  • Transfers knowledge and management stills to farmers

  • Develops cohesive, self-reliant, motivated, action oriented communities

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