NGAMILAND SUSTAINBLE LAND MANAGEMENT PROJECT (NSLMP) FACILITATES TRAINING OF FARMERS AS COMMUNITY FACILITATORS IN HOLISTIC LAND AND LIVESTOCK MANAGEMENT (HLLM) AT AFRICAN CENTRE FOR HOLISTIC MANAGEMENT (ACHM) IN ZIMBABWE

May 16, 2017

Ngamiland Sustainable Land Management project sponsored training of a team of young Farmers-cum-Ecorangers from Haina Veld Farmers Association, Nhabe Agriculture Management Association, North West Integrated Farmers Association and government officers from Department of Forestry and Range Resources, Animal Production and Crop Production. This was a 12 Days Community Facilitators Training Programme in Holistic Land and Livestock Management (HLLM) that was conducted at African Centre for Holistic Management  (ACHM) in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe from 1st -13th  May 2017. This training was arranged to ensure that there is improved range management practices and that mixed livelihood systems are piloted as indicated under Component 1. This Component aims at driving the project towards effective range management in over 200,000 hectares in Ngamiland and improve range condition and flow of ecosystem services to support livelihoods of local communities in Ngamiland.

HLLM training empowered trainees to understand Holistic Management (HM) concept and how livestock can be used to restore degraded range and cropland through managing the relationships between land, grazing animals, and water in ways that mimic nature. This is done through temporary kraaling, herding and holistic planned grazing to ensure soil cover and reduce surface water run-off which leads to drying of boreholes and aquifers. HM gives communities skills and management tools that help in managing their environment, improve their livelihoods and ensure the land is continually productive. From HLLM training, trainees have been equipped with techniques used in holistic range and livestock management such as developing a grazing plan, livestock handling, reading the land, disease management, record keeping and marketing of their produce. This is also relevant to sustainable land management principles as HLLM advocates environmental consideration, social enrichment and economic empowerment through effective agricultural practices that are also friendly to the rural communities.