Phundundu Development Trust is currently active in three areas all located in the province of Mashonaland West in Zimbabwe.
Phundundu covers an area of 60,000 hectares, half of which consists of wildlife and the other half of villages. The boundary between these two areas is open, which makes it essential for the local community to be encouraged to deal with wildlife in the right way. This remote area is dry and warm making it unsuitable for regular crop farming. However, it is very suitable for citrus, mango and avocado cultivation. In addition, varieties such as aloe vera, lavender, maringa, red pepper and herbs grow very well in this area. In 2014 the development of both parts has started. At that moment the wildlife was almost gone and the community had a lack of everything. Meanwhile, thanks to a very good anti-poaching unit (IAPF) the number of animals is steadily increasing. Through the open borders with National Parks migration takes place of species looking for a safe haven. In 2018, 500 elephants were counted in Phundundu. For the community food security is the highest priority with water supply at the basis. In the first five years, dams have been constructed, boreholes have been created and fish-breeding ponds have been installed. Thanks to this water supply it is possible to keep livestock and grow maize. at small-scale. The poaching has been reduced to zero.
Breaside is situated in the middle of the agrarian heart of Zimbabwe. This area was known for its extensive grain fields, which gave the country the nickname ' Breadbasket of Southern Africa '. After the land reforms in 2000, these lands are hardly used so very good agricultural land has been completely fallow for a long time. Breaside Farm has an area of 360 ha which is divided in 6 ha per family. These families live in miserable conditions without electricity, water and sanitary. So it is by no means to blame these people that they are unable to grow crops on their land. Phundundu Development Trust works together with a cooperation of these families to cultivate the land in a sustainable way. the cooperative consists of 80% women. Most of them are widowed.
Maninga is a beautiful nature reserve recognizable by the mountain top of the Maninga which means "Water from the caves". This place was home to a very wide range of wildlife for centuries, including the now endangered tsetse-fly resistant sable antelope. For a long time we have been working hard to restore the eco system to reintroduce the rhinoceros in this traditionally rhinoceros area. However, when large organizations withdrew from Zimbabwe in 2008, Maninga fell into a hunting and poaching area. Halfway through 2018 Phundundu Development Trust was asked to save the remaining wildlife. The poaching is massive so the use of a full-fledged anti-poaching team is the only option to save Maninga. We are permanently looking for funding and partners to protect this fantastic wildlife area from disappearance.
"it's two minutes to midnight in Zimbabwe and we have to act. Wildlife is disappearing at a rapid pace. Protected areas are abandoned due to lack of funding. Conservators stand with their backs against the wall and losing their long long fight. We have to turn the tide and we can turn the tide ... but we need to act now.