One Health for Shangaan and The Place of Elephants

by Odyssey Conservation Trust
One Health for Shangaan and The Place of Elephants
One Health for Shangaan and The Place of Elephants
One Health for Shangaan and The Place of Elephants
One Health for Shangaan and The Place of Elephants
One Health for Shangaan and The Place of Elephants
One Health for Shangaan and The Place of Elephants
One Health for Shangaan and The Place of Elephants
One Health for Shangaan and The Place of Elephants
One Health for Shangaan and The Place of Elephants
One Health for Shangaan and The Place of Elephants
One Health for Shangaan and The Place of Elephants
One Health for Shangaan and The Place of Elephants
One Health for Shangaan and The Place of Elephants
One Health for Shangaan and The Place of Elephants
One Health for Shangaan and The Place of Elephants
One Health for Shangaan and The Place of Elephants
One Health for Shangaan and The Place of Elephants
One Health for Shangaan and The Place of Elephants
One Health for Shangaan and The Place of Elephants
One Health for Shangaan and The Place of Elephants
Black rhinos  reintroduced in Gonarezhou NP
Black rhinos reintroduced in Gonarezhou NP

More than ever do we need your help to support the Mahenye Shangaan community living around Gonarezhou National Park in becoming food secure, which is the main objective of the nutrition gardens with Shangaan women.

We started developing these gardens to provide diverse and nutrient-rich vegetables to women and their families. A few families have now started to grow a healthy production of vegetables which is described as a very encouraging success "since the Mahenye Garden was commissioned it has been a great success, providing a range of good quality vegetable for local consumption" said one of the elders in the village. 

There is no doubt that improving local livelihoods through adequate nutrition and food security is associated to positive wildlife conservation outcomes. As black rhinoceros have just been re-introduced in the Gonarezhou National Park, it is now vital to support Mahenye community to preserve their exceptional natural heritage, fo which they are the true custodians.

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Training in Holistic Grazing to restore rangelands
Training in Holistic Grazing to restore rangelands

When we started the One Health program with Mahenye community a few years ago, we developed a training program on Holistic Planned Grazing for farmers in the community in order to help restore rangelands which had been degraded under the combined action of overgrazing and erosion. This holistic technique which has been developed in Zimbabwe is very effective in restoring soil fertility, improving crop productivity and in reducing human-wildlife conflict. 

As the world is preparing to celebrate World Environment Day and to launch the UN decade on Ecosystem Restoration in order to restore an area the size of China over the next 10 years, our One Health approach is visionary in having already promoted the restoration of drylands around conservation areas.

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Southern Africa has now been hit by a second, more severe wave of COVID-19, with the reinstating of tougher restriction measures limiting people’s movements and closing borders. This has again compromised access to income for many rural families, especially as this is the peak of the lean season.  More than 4 million people face severe food insecurity in rural area and more than 1 million women and children require nutrition assistance.

A tougher lockdown also means that tourism activity at Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge is greatly reduced, with very little income to support Mahenye community.  This is a time when food emergency aid is vital to assist the most vulnerable families, especially women-led households, while also preparing plans for the nutrition garden this year. This is One Health In Action to build resilience of the most vulnerable communities in the face of great uncertainty and to protect one of the most iconic elephant population of southern Africa.

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Shangaan woman pounding maize
Shangaan woman pounding maize

The COVID-19 crisis has aggravated an already severe hunger crisis in Zimbabwe where the number of food-insecure people is expected to surge by 50% by the end of the year, through a combination of hyperinflation, severe drought and economic recession. Mahenye community is no exception with the majority of its active population now being jobless as international tourism stopped in this wildlife area highly dependant on eco-tourism for its economy.

The maize harvest, which usually provides the staple cereal, has been badly hit by another successive drought while a locust outbreak tore through the region earlier this year. Women in Mahenye village are more than ever dependent on growing their own vegetable production to feed their families. By supporting the women of Mahenye to develop their nutrition garden, we are not only improving food security for their families but also laying a solid foundation and building resilience for the future of people and wildlife, which are inextricably linked through “One Health”.

Elephant co-exist with people in Mahenye
Elephant co-exist with people in Mahenye
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Julie Garnier
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