Month: August 2020

Holistic Management and Adaptive Grazing: A Trainers’ View

Full article: Summary:The authors avoid the usual debates on whether or not Holistic Management, Holistic Planned Grazing (or its many derivatives) work, and focus instead on the contribution of both to managing complexity. Holistic Management’s biggest acknowledged contribution to the grazing world is (arguably) its emphasis on adaptivity, strategic decision-making, goal-setting and complexity. Based… Read more »

The Effect of Holistic Planned Grazing on African Rangelands: A Case Study from Zimbabwe

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South Africa’s Agricultural Research Council completed this study over a 6-year period (2010-2016) comparing the Africa Centre for Holistic Management’s land at Dimbangombe under Holistic Planned Grazing (HGP), to nearby communal areas where HPG was not practiced. The researchers concluded that HPG yields positive long-term effects on ecosystem services (soils and vegetation) and points… Read more »

Whole-System Approach Managing Grazing to Restore Soil Health and Farm Livelihoods

Full article: Summary:This paper is a literature review on the ecological impacts of grazing, and finds that where managed properly (employing a “whole-systems approach” and “adaptive, goal-directed grazing methods”) livestock are essential to ecosystem service sustainability and improvement. This helps, for example, to enhance water infiltration, reduce erosion, increase plant biomass, improve nutrient cycling… Read more »

Climate change mitigation as a co-benefit of regenerative ranching: Insights from Australia and the United States

Full article: Summary:This paper argues that the infusion of holistic decision making into the practice of planned grazing, or “regenerative ranching,” results in a suite of ecological, economic and social benefits that are the main factors keep adherents on the regenerative path. Climate change mitigation is only a ‘co-benefit’ or after-thought. Regenerative ranching, say… Read more »

A half century of Holistic Management: what does the evidence reveal?

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Holistic Management (HM) is a decision-making framework based on triple bottom line thinking and a proactive approach to managing complexity. Primarily associated with an approach to managing livestock, it has spurred long running and still unresolved debates in rangeland ecology and management. Less studied are the social, cultural, and psychological aspects of HM, which… Read more »

Transformational adaptation on the farm: Processes of change and persistence in transitions to ‘climate-smart’ regenerative agriculture

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The transformative potential of regenerative agriculture has seen growing attention in the popular press, but few empirical studies have explored the processes by which farmers enter into, navigate, and, importantly, sustain the required paradigm shift in their approach to managing their properties, farm businesses, and personal lives. This paper analyzes the experiences of farmers… Read more »

Remembering Guillermo Osuna

It is with great sadness that I learned of the passing of Guillermo Osuna, a long-time personal friend and one who contributed so much to the advancement of Holistic Management in North America, and especially Mexico.

Many are the happy hours spent in Guillermo’s home or camping on his ranch in the Burro… Read more »