Together with partners, PAR is undertaking an interdisciplinary research project in eight biocultural landscapes. The project “Supporting Agrobiodiversity Maintenance and Use in the Context of Land Management Decisions” is funded by The Christensen Fund. One of the eight landscapes is Tshongogwe in Zimbabwe, where PAR works with Southern Alliance for Indigenous Resources (SAFIRE).
Tshongogwe is located in the Lupane District in south-west Zimbabwe. We worked with four Ndebele communities to assess and describe agrobiodiversity, understand the changes in land use and agricultural practices, and capture farmers’ perceptions of the ecosystem services and factors that confer resilience.
The sacred forest in the centre of the landscape is a source of livelihoods and resilience for the local communities. It provides wild foods and animal forage, which are very important in the periods of drought and food shortage. Preventing further conversion of the forest to cropland and encouraging the diversification of production systems will be important to enhance resilience to environmental change.
To know more about the work conducted in Tshongogwe, have a look at the poster ‘Tshongogwe: Assessing the effects of land-use change on agrobiodiversity’