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.
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)
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).
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.