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Story Publication logo May 17, 2016

Conserving Wildlife and Alleviating Poverty in Zimbabwe—with Livestock


Image by Tony Eprile. Zimbabwe, 2014.

In northwest Zimbabwe, water sources are returning, people no longer depend on food aid, and...


As in many dryland regions, southern Africa is facing widespread desertification and drought. In Zimbabwe, ecological pressures coupled with political disenfranchisement have left rural communities struggling to meet basic needs. People go further into the bush to hunt and grow crops, which infringes on wildlife habitat. However, villages working with the Africa Centre for Holistic Management have been able to revive their land while restoring water sources. How? By managing cattle so that their behavior mimics that of the wild herds of herbivores that created and maintained grassland savannas.


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