Our 3,200-hectare learning site is 32 km south of Victoria Falls. It is home to a large wildlife population, a mixed herd of cattle and goats, and an ever-improving landscape.
Allan Savory and his wife, Jody Butterfield, co-founded the Africa Centre for Holistic Management in 1992 to support the dissemination of Holistic Management in Africa through innovative training and outreach programs based on a practical learning site that provides evidence of land, water and wildlife restoration using livestock. In 2009 they co-founded the U.S.-based Savory Institute with others to expand the work globally.
ACHM is a Zimbabwean-registered social welfare organisation affiliated with the Savory Institute as the first of an international network of learning centres, or hubs. Based on the 3,200-hectare Dimbangombe Ranch, near Victoria Falls, ACHM has been able to demonstrate the effectiveness of Holistic Management and Holistic Planned Grazing on its own land for over a decade. From this solid foundation of proven results ACHM began working directly with local communal farmers in 2005 and with NGO’s and government agencies in 2010 following receipt of a multi-million dollar grant from the US Agency for International Development to develop training programs and curriculum, in partnership with the Savory Institute, for Holistic Land & Livestock Management community facilitators. By 2015 ACHM staff had trained over 100 facilitators from throughout Africa and beyond.
In 2010 ACHM won the international Buckminster Fuller Challenge (USA), which awards a $100,000 annual prize to support the development and implementation of a strategy that has “significant potential to solve some of humanity’s most pressing problems.” And, in 2014 ACHM was recognised as a “leading-edge innovator in food security” on receiving the Humanitarian Water & Food Award (Denmark).
In a million years, I would never have thought that cows could be so beneficial for the wildlife I love.
Dr. M. Sanjayan
Conservation biologist and host of Earth: A New Wild – The Plains (2015 National Geographic series filmed on Dimbangombe)
Holistic Management was developed by Zimbabwean-born ecologist Allan Savory following a lengthy personal search for solutions to the land deterioration occurring in Africa and the wildlife destruction and human impoverishment that always resulted.
WHAT WE DO
We enhance food and water security and human livelihoods through training that utilizes livestock to restore degraded watersheds, wildlife habitat, and croplands to health.