The NBI experiential curriculum is guided by the Earth Charter four pillars of Respect and Care for the Community of life; Ecological Integrity; Social and Economic Justice and Democracy, Nonviolence and PEACE.
Its Training and Development Center of Excellence provides access to first-class experiential education and the tools of discovery.
. At NBI-Zimbabwe, community members learn to balance human activities, particularly agriculture with biodiversity in order to ensure sustainability.

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Implemented in

  • Africa
  • Zimbabwe

Sectors of activity
Agricultural and Fishery, Environmental Services, Scientific Research, Development and Innovation

Type of initiative
Capacity Building & Implementation

Type of lead actor
Civil society

Budget
3500000 US$

Start date
01/07/2019

End date
30/06/2025

Shared by

Osmond Mugweni

Founder, Principal Researcher and Executive Director

Njeremoto Biodiversity Institute (NBI-Zimbabwe)

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Objectives

NBI The Institute (NBI-Zimbabwe):
• Experiential Training and Demonstration Centre of Excellence
• Affiliate of Earth Charter International,
• Partner of One Planet Sustainable Food Systems & Lifestyles,
• Implements, Develops and Documents the Innovation
• Practises Adaptive Research & Development,
• Tests, Documents Best Practises
• Developing Fourth Revolution Ethos,
• Promotes Social Entrepreneurships
• Hosts University Student Interns

The Njeremoto Biodiversity Institute Training and Development Center of Excellence provides public access to a first-class experiential education and the tools of discovery. This has resulted in a culture of ambition and leadership, where physical scale is matched by bold goals and achievements. At NBI Zimbabwe our events and learning experiences are modeled on the changes we want to see in higher education and in our lives. Since its inception, environmental stewardship has been an integral part of NBI-Zimbabwe’s values, academic model and operations. At NBI-Zimbabwe, community members learn to balance human activities, particularly agriculture, with biodiversity conservation in order to ensure long-term protection of the environment.

NBI Outreach Programme
• Secure Food and Nutrition Security
• Ensures Ecological Ethics,
• Enhance Sustainable Development& Livelihoods
• Mitigate Climate Change Impacts and Reversing Desertification
• Rehabilitating Degraded Arid and Semi-arid Rangeland Ecosystems.
• Increase and Intensify Rangeland Productivity
• Create Employment at Local Level

Guided by the four pillars of the Earth Charter; Respect and Care for Community of Life; Ecological Integrity; Social and Economic Justice and Democracy, Non-Violence and Peace that it embraces. NBI Zimbabwe is using the Earth Charter as an ethical framework for all of its individual projects and as an educational instrument for selected community outreach work areas. The programme is being implemented in Zimbabwe since 2003 when the founder become an Ashoka Fellow on the idea and is now at a Scale-up phase to other areas in Zimbabwe and globally.

Activities

Activities are based on the Major Programme Components
1. Rangelands Management (planned grazing and combined herding)
2. Livestock Management (improved productivity and bull schemes)
3. Livestock Marketing Component (Auctions, Community Abattoirs)
4. Governance Component : Community Development (empowerment, capacity building, support for organizational and management structures).
1 Rangelands Management Component
1.1 Foster grazing planning and forage assessment;
1.2 Develop reliable and clean water sources for livestock;
1.3 Instil Fire prevention & response;
1.4 Stop Deforestation;
1.5 Foster Land use planning;
1.6 Resuscitate herding and any other best rangelands and livestock management practices in communities;
1.7 Instil sustainable natural resource usage and management;
1.8 Monitor rangeland health;
1.9 Accelerate over-seeding (Planting grass through animal dung/ grazing and overnighting animals in spots where the grass is to be dropped)

2 Livestock Management Component
2.1 Train on Bull/cow ratio; Herd structure; Vaccination and health programme; Animal safety; Mortality management;
2.2 Implement Trials on strategic nutrients supplementation (sampling, analyse and apply)

3 Livestock Marketing Component
3.1 Assist farmers identify marketable livestock for various sectors of the market (formal and informal);
3.2 Coordinate with project committees and buyers about availability of marketable livestock from the farmers;
3.3 Share marketing related information with farmers & advise them correctly; Improve quality livestock for marketing;
3.4 Resource mobilize and construct Community Abattoirs and Milk Processing Parlours

4 Governance Component : Ward and Village Level Grazing plus Community mobilization
4.1 Support for organizational and management structures;
4.2 Building trust and credibility;
4.3 Liaise with all stakeholders;
4.4 Assist community to explore issues; train on organizational development (enhance visioning, planning, monitoring and feedback skills)
4.5 Develop capacity on group rights to address and control grass and water poaching;
4.6 Enhance decision making, joint budgeting, implementation and capacity building skills;
4.7 Develop business ethics, co-operative and social entrepreneurship organizations in communities
4.8 Develop and establish sustainable partnerships for scale-up and replication and share experiences

Impact and Results

A. On Land Management:
1. Rehabilitates degraded rangelands and restore healthy grasslands for increased fodder.
2. Recharges underground water to restore natural water sources and provide drinking water.
3. Combats effects of climate change and reverse desertification.

B. On Livestock Management:
1. Develops livestock management plans, increase herd productivity, facilitate herding and reduce stock loses.
2. Creates markets for livestock and develop Community Agro-processing focusing on Abattoirs and Milk Centers.

C On Community:
1. Develops farmers’ eco-literacy, transfer of knowledge and management skills.
2. Develops self-reliant, motivated, action oriented and cohesive communities.
3. Enhances food and nutrition security, increase income, and eliminate poverty and hunger for sustainable livelihoods.
4. Attracts investment, create employment and attain rural economic growth.
5. Encourages eco and cultural

Next steps and how to get involved

By Partnering and Collaborating with NBI including fund raisins in its Structures of:

NBF 501c Not-for Profit in Washington DC
• Fund Raiser
• Resource Mobilizer and Collaborator
• Develops Collaborative Partnerships with Funders
• Funds NBI Programme

NBI The Institute (NBI-Zimbabwe) "PAMUZINDA":
• Experiential Training and Demonstration Centre of Excellence
• Affiliate of Earth Charter International,
• Partner of One Planet Sustainable Food Systems & Lifestyles,
• Implements, Develops and Documents the Innovation
• Practises Adaptive Research & Development,
• Tests, Documents Best Practises
• Developing Fourth Revolution Ethos,
• Promotes Social Entrepreneurships
• Hosts University Student Interns

The Njeremoto Biodiversity Institute Training and Development Centre of Excellence provides public access to a first-class experiential education and the tools of discovery. This has resulted in a culture of ambition and leadership, where physical scale is matched by bold goals and achievements. At NBI Zimbabwe our events and learning experiences are modelled on the changes we want to see in higher education and in our lives. Since its inception, environmental stewardship has been an integral part of NBI-Zimbabwe’s values, academic model and operations. At NBI-Zimbabwe, community members learn to balance human activities, particularly agriculture, with biodiversity conservation in order to ensure long-term protection of the environment.

NBI Outreach Community Programme
• Secure Food and Nutrition Security
• Ensures Ecological Ethics,
• Enhance Sustainable Development& Livelihoods
• Mitigate Climate Change Impacts and Reversing Desertification
• Rehabilitating Degraded Arid and Semi-arid Rangeland Ecosystems.
• Increase and Intensify Rangeland Productivity
• Create Employment at Local Level
Guided by the four pillars of the Earth Charter; Respect and Care for Community of Life; Ecological Integrity; Social and Economic Justice and Democracy, Non-Violence and Peace that it embraces. NBI Zimbabwe is using the Earth Charter as an ethical framework for all of its individual projects and as an educational instrument for selected community outreach work areas. The programme is being implemented in Zimbabwe since 2003 when the founder become an Ashoka Fellow on the idea and is now at a Scale-up phase to other areas in Zimbabwe and globally.