Mpiyekhaya’s Story: I am Mpiyekhaya Ncube, I live in the communal land, Ndajila village along the boundary of Hwange National Park sharing the landscape with wildlife, herding project coordinator and permaculture practitioner under the Soft Foot Alliance. My duties include meeting with the cattle herders and owners and motivating them to have their livestock in the holistic grazing plan and also monitor the mobile bomas to make sure the hosts are following the boma agreement and monitor and need for maintenance and facilitate according to the side of the Soft Foot Alliance
What drove me to be in the holistic conservation? In the early 90’s, when I grew up the land had thick forest, the soil was fertile and also we had no wildlife conflict in our communal lands. People used to get water from streams. Reeds for weaving their baskets, thatching grass and poles for building were found nearby and also the fields were producing enough food. All of these things are decreasing every year due to the poor management of the environment. As the Coordinator of the Soft Foot Alliance, I had managed to put 24 mobile bomas from The Soft Foot Alliance to the community to improve crop field fertility and also protect the cattle at night from lions and hyaena to reduce human wildlife conflict.
During the day cattle to have enough grass. I motivate herders to herd together following the planned grazing and also in these paddocks we remove snares to protect both cattle and wildlife. I can see the land improving. Practicing permaculture is other methods that I am also using to improve catching water by using natural materials surrounding us.
All these practices if each homestead/nation uses/ they take one step this will reduce the global warming and also we can reduce the human wildlife conflict and also have fertile land producing healthy food.