community technology development Organisation

community technology development organisation

policy and advocacy

policy and advocacy

food security

food security

agro biodiversity

agro biodiversity

environment

environment

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Our Background

formed in 1993, in response to the livelihoods challenges facing the poor rural communities and households in Zimbabwe and regionally. It now has extensive regional and international linkages

Our Vision

to ensure that the poorest of rural communities and other vulnerable groups, in particular women, children and the disabled, are food secure and free from hunger in Zimbabwe, SADC and Africa.

Our Mission

we seeks to achieve poverty alleviation and sustainable development of marginalized communities by building farmers and households livelihoods capacities through research, technology innovation, technology packaging and dissemination, policy advocacy and lobbying and knowledge management, through gender– sensitive and people centred approaches.

Our Goal

formed in 1993, in response to the livelihoods challenges facing the poor rural communities and households in Zimbabwe and regionally. It now has extensive regional and international linkages

Our Values

  • commitment
  • transparency and accountability
  • integrity
  • proffessionalism
  • people centred development
  • community ownership
  • sustainability
  • synergy and partnerships
  • indigenous knowledge
  • equity, Equality and social justice
  • non-partisan
  • transparency and accountability
  • gender equity and equality
  • impact
  • excellence

CTDO has realized that investing in water, sanitation and hygiene is not only about saving
human lives and dignity, it is a fundamental human right and a foundation for investment in
human development.

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Humanitarian Assistance

Over the last decade, Zimbabwe has experienced a number of unprecedented economic, environmental and political shocks and stresses. A sharp drop in Gross Domestic Product (GDP), hyper-inflation, industrialization, closure of industries, large scale lay-off of employees, and disruption of public service delivery, coupled with recurrent drought, floods and poor harvests, have contributed to chronic food shortages. Poverty, food insecurity,  

malnutrition,and environmental degradation are serious challenges in Zimbabwe, particularly in rural areas. Climate change has exacerbated the situation for families and heightened overall community vulnerability, and is predicted to have continuing and primarily negative effects throughout Zimbabwe. Over the last 10 years, food insecurity in Zimbabwe has ranged from 12% to 60% of food insecure population, with tremendous year-to-year variation.

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Sifelani Tsiko Senior Writer
The genetic diversity of crops that are grown and eaten in Zimbabwe could be lost forever due to climate change, threatening the country’s future food security, agricultural experts say. Experts at a one-day takeholders’ consultative workshop on food and nutrition security situation which was held this week in the capital, warned that the loss of biodiversity will have a major impact on Zimbabwe’s ability to feed itself in the future as the population rises significantly by 2050.
      Dr. Garwe

“There is need for critical analysis, review and above all, concerted efforts to reform agricultural practices in the face of climate change, trade and food and nutrition security national requirements,” says Dr Dahlia Garwe, head of the Tobacco Research Board.“The country needs to be part of the global agenda where there is great emphasis on the utilisation of neglected and under-utilised crops and plants.“ 

Our Programmes

the program interventions strives to alleviate hunger and malnutrition among communities through enhanced access to appropriate agricultural technologies, farmer innovations, local knowledge systems and natural resources management in an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable way. while our interventions encompass a wide range of activities, all are customized to meet the strategic gender needs of each community.

works with and supports resource-poor communities in the conservation, management and promotion of crop genetic diversity at local levels to ensure human well- being and poverty alleviation through increades seed and food security. carries out research and analyses fundamental rural development aspects such as climate change, poverty, food security, equity, economic growth, health, trade and provide options to address the root causes of agricultural biodiversity loss, hunger and poverty

the program is driven by the desire to influence pro-poor national, regional and international policy and legislative frameworks. the unit researches and analyses local, regional and international policies affecting poor communities in developing countries, to help influence policy changes that take into account the needs of the poor.

aims to reduce community vulnerability to the affects of climate change and land degradation and enhance their adaptive capacities through natural resource management through conservation, sustainable use of under utilized plants, value addition and market linkages in a way that protects and safeguards the environment and natural resources for both present and future generations. strategic interventions use the rights based approach, gender equity and inclusive policies.

the program interventions strives to alleviate hunger and malnutrition among communities through enhanced access to appropriate agricultural technologies, farmer innovations, local knowledge systems and natural resources management in an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable way. while our interventions encompass a wide range of activities, all are customized to meet the strategic gender needs of each community.

works with and supports resource-poor communities in the conservation, management and promotion of crop genetic diversity at local levels to ensure human well- being and poverty alleviation through increades seed and food security. carries out research and analyses fundamental rural development aspects such as climate change, poverty, food security, equity, economic growth, health, trade and provide options to address the root causes of agricultural biodiversity loss, hunger and poverty

aims to reduce community vulnerability to the affects of climate change and land degradation and enhance their adaptive capacities through natural resource management through conservation, sustainable use of under utilized plants, value addition and market linkages in a way that protects and safeguards the environment and natural resources for both present and future generations. strategic interventions use the rights based approach, gender equity and inclusive policies.

the program is driven by the desire to influence pro-poor national, regional and international policy and legislative frameworks. the unit researches and analyses local, regional and international policies affecting poor communities in developing countries, to help influence policy changes that take into account the needs of the poor.

reaching out to more than 700 000 households through our collective development interventions
since 1993

the program interventions strives to alleviate hunger and malnutrition among communities through enhanced access to appropriate agricultural technologies, farmer innovations, local knowledge systems and natural resources management in an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable way. while our interventions encompass a wide range of activities, all are customized to meet the strategic gender needs of each community.

works with and supports resource-poor communities in the conservation, management and promotion of crop genetic diversity at local levels to ensure human well- being and poverty alleviation through increades seed and food security. carries out research and analyses fundamental rural development aspects such as climate change, poverty, food security, equity, economic growth, health, trade and provide options to address the root causes of agricultural biodiversity loss, hunger and poverty

the program is driven by the desire to influence pro-poor national, regional and international policy and legislative frameworks. the unit researches and analyses local, regional and international policies affecting poor communities in developing countries, to help influence policy changes that take into account the needs of the poor.

aims to reduce community vulnerability to the affects of climate change and land degradation and enhance their adaptive capacities through natural resource management through conservation, sustainable use of under utilized plants, value addition and market linkages in a way that protects and safeguards the environment and natural resources for both present and future generations. strategic interventions use the rights based approach, gender equity and inclusive policies.

Crop diversity matters to Zimbabwe

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