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Campaign to get the UN to offer training to livestock owners and landowners in Allan Savory's Holistic Management techniques.

The biggest challenge in implementing Allan's ideas and methods is to get livestock owners and land managers to take up these ideas. To my knowledge Allan's TED talk might be the biggest platform this method and idea has ever had.
Allan and Holistic Management International have a huge amount of resources and teaching methods that they have developed to help people implement this very simple solution. Much of this is documented in Allan's two books as well as other material. However they would not appear to be especially well funded and the cost of the training is reasonably high.
The TED community has the opportunity to ride on the back of the interest this talk will hopefully spark and start a campaign get the UN and other large bodies to offer funding to Savory's organizations to train trainers. Currently the cost of training for Holistic Management International's Certified Educator Training Program is $7,700 which is comprehensive. According to the website there are only 19 approved mentors for this program.
The world is in desperate need of thousands of these educators who are able to spread the word and the ideas in their localities.
The cost of training 10,000 educators in this program would be $77,000,000. On a world scale this is nothing, but the impact these trainers would have would be incredibly far reaching and an extremely efficient use of money.

This is the biggest platform that THe Savory method has ever had and the if the TED community is able to in some way act on this, the results could potentially be astonishing!

Any ideas?


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  • Mar 8 2013: Is there a significant difference in continuous stocking vs. intensive managed grazing? If I condense my cattle into sections of grazing area, thereby increasing the grazing density for a small area for a short period of time, how is that inferior to a lightly stocked larger area for the duration of the grazing season? I listened to the talk and Mr. Savory seemed to be making an argument for using methods that mimic the animals natural behavior. To me this is a low tech solution with multiple benefits and I'm rather pleased with the simplicity of it and its potential for broad implementation.

    One more thought, how would continuous light stocking work as a means of restoration in a blighted area? Would that not require continuous feeding of the animals to prevent death by starvation until the landscape could produce a susatainable level of forage? How would continuously grazed and unrested pasture regenerate?
    • Mar 9 2013: Andy.

      Here are some basic principles underlying Savory's work in using livestock to mimic the herds and predators that once co-evolved and existed with the grassland environments. Beyond these basic, the planned grazing process helps a livestock owner work out the greater details needed to really work with the complexity of a landscape, weather, livestock health, wildlife moving in and out, etc.
      Grasslands need two things - disturbance and grazing that removes the leaf and then leaves the plant to regrow leaf and rebuild root. When we use larger areas and/or lower densities and longer periods, the density is insufficient for the disturbance needed on the soil surface, the plants get regrazed before they can recover their leaf and root. Also, over time, the animals go back again and again to the new green shoots coming up, thus, grazing the plant to death (because it needs to recover leaf and root); other plants get no grazing (because the animal will most often choose the greenest freshest leaf) and these ungrazed plants end up with too much dead material on top, can't get sunlight to their growth points and die of "over rest." In your first example, the smaller, higher density on a quicker move will likely be healthier than the lightly stock, larger area scenario. On your second thought, light continuous stocking is what these grasslands have had for a very long time and they are, under this practice, deteriorating. So, it has not proven to be an effective approach to restoring a blighted area. One might have to feed animals if the area is truly blighted. The important point, thought, is that if you want to restore the site, you need to change the management; need to get disturbance, dung and urine in high concentrations and keep the animals moving so they can find sufficient forage. They then leave behind them a mulched, fertilized landscape ready to capture moisture (if it rains) and set seed. (Shannon Horst, co-founder Savory Institute)

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