Community Facilitators Training Program

In this 12-day training program, you will learn how to successfully train and mentor community core groups, committees and livestock owners in specific planning and management skills. You will also learn about mobilization strategies you can use to overcome the challenges many communities experience. Field visits to the nearby Hwange Communal Lands enables participants to benefit from first-hand exposure to the challenges and rewards communities face in using livestock to restore their land.

The program can be tailored to your context as needed and moved to your preferred site.

Next Course Dates

  • 13-25 June 2022
  • 12-24 September 2022

Course Content Week One

Holistic Management Overview:

What it is, how it can benefit you, your organisation and the communities you serve; why it is key to achieving social, economic and environmental health.

Ranch Tour:

Viewing the land a whole new way; land regeneration principles and evidence of successful restoration.

Community Visit

We visit and engage with a community that are managing their land and livestock holistically.

Preparing to Mobilize:

Organizing the community for action; exploring the is-sues and setting priorities.

How do People Learn Effectively?

The use, strengths and challenges of experiential learning.

Managing Mobilization:

Planning together with communities; acting together and building capacity for implementing Holis-tic Management planning, implementa-tion and monitoring procedures.

Land & Social Planning for Grazing:

Mapping grazing “paddocks” and water points, planning social infrastructure (committees, agreements) and physical infrastructure (predator-proof kraals, water storage and delivery for large herds) .

Holistic Planned Grazing:

Getting livestock to the right place at the right time and with the right behavior.

Course ContentWeek Two

Herding to a Grazing Plan

Current herding practices and their effect on the health of land, livestock and people, combining livestock

Herd Management:

Low stress animal handling, disease prevention and treat-ment plan.

Biological Monitoring:

Learning to read the land for signs that its health is improving or diminishing; monitoring land restoration success with communities.

Animal Treated Crop-fields:

Field preparation using the overnight kraal, plant-ing ,harvesting and using the animals to lay down crop residue.

Animal Treated Crop-fields:

Field preparation using the overnight kraal, plant-ing ,harvesting and using the animals to lay down crop residue.

Adapting the process:

What is core, what can be modified? Common challenges, common solutions.

Reviews

  • Planning and Facilitating a Community Exchange Visit.
  • Evaluating progress.

Follow up Support

ACHM also provides follow-up support as graduates implement the programme in communities. Our facilitators have years of experience in implementing programmes themselves and can help build the confidence of graduates as they coach them through challenges they are likely to experience, making sure they learn from them. Additional fees apply.