community technology development Organisation

community technology development organisation

policy and advocacy

policy and advocacy

food security

food security

agro biodiversity

agro biodiversity

environment

environment

previous arrow
next arrow
Slider

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.

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

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.“ 

some of our Projects

The Women Seeds and Nutrition (NPL) project aims to strengthen women farmers’ seeds
management of Neglected and Under-utilized crop Species (NUS) and enhancement of the
preparation of nutritious dishes. The other project under Agrobiodiversity is the Benefit Sharing
Fund project funded by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) which is being implemented
in partnership with CTDT-Zambia and Centre for Environmental Policy and Advocacy in Malawi.
The objective of the project is to contribute to improved food and nutrition security in selected low
rainfall districts of Malawi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe which are more seriously affected by climate
change. The projects are being implemented in Goromonzi, Uzumba Maramba Pfungwe (UMP),
Chiredzi, Mudzi, Rushinga, Murehwa and Tsholotsho. CTDT is also working with partners in
Matobo (Dabane Trust) and Mount Darwin (FACHIG) respectively.

read more…

grain preparations inn wadzani, one of our Farmer Field Schools (FFS)

See more …

I am also thrilled to inform you that CTDT has come up with appropriate technologies for use by
smallholder farmers and rural people. CTDT has started manufacturing post-harvest machinery
like maize shellers, groundnut shellers, solar dryers, groundnut plucker, small grains dehuller,
small grains thrasher and a milling plant for small grains. These machines are focusing mainly on
small grains like sorghum, pearl millet and finger millet. The machines can either be manual or
motorized using diesel or petrol. The machinery was exhibited at the Agricultural Show Society
and a number of orders have been received to date for the supply of the machinery.

read more…

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.
During the year under review CTDO implemented a Food Assistance for Assets project (FFA) in
Rushinga district, targeting 1850 households. The overall objective of the project was to contribute
to increased capacities of communities (building resilience) to protect development gains, achieve
improved livelihoods and well-being in the face of shocks and stresses and thereby improving food
availability and enhance household/community resilience.

read more…

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. Access to water and sanitation also compliments progress on achieving gender equality. In July 2017, CTDO closed the Sustainable Services for Everyone, beyond the Lifetime of the Project, at a Fair Price (SELF).

read more…

The Matebeleland Enhanced Livelihood And Nutrition Adaptation (MELANA) project is being implemented by CTDO in the districts of Bubi, Umguza in Matabeleland North province and in the district of Umzingwane in Matabeleland South province where absorptive, adaptive and transformative capacities of communities are weak, leaving them vulnerable to shocks and stresses that include drought, dry spells, animal diseases, crop pests, fire outbreaks, floods, wildlife conflict, environmental degradation, HIV/Aids, diarrhoea and national economic challenges.

read more…

Livestock have contributed to livelihoods, human health and wellbeing for millennia. For rural communities, cattle, goats, indigenous chickens and donkeys continue to be an integral part of farming systems and livelihoods. Results of the household contextual analysis for Nkayi, Bubi, Umguza and Umzingwane districts of Zimbabwe showed that livestock is the second most important livelihood activity, (Institute of Environmental Studies, 2016). Households that own cattle, goats, chickens and donkeys were found to have a relatively higher level of resilience to natural and human-induced shocks and risks, especially where commercial production is pursued. Interventions that therefore promote livestock ownership have value in improving rural food security and livelihoods. 

CTDO introduced Irish potato production in Mutoko district as an alternative crop to maize (Demaizing),  most of the soils in Mutoko are sandy loams, mostly ideal for Irish potato and tobacco production. Non production of the crop was mainly linked to lack of agronomic knowledge, crop seed sourcing and sustainability of annual seed purchases. They were limitations in recipes and related crop utilization as well as crop competition with staple maize crop among households. Through deliberate potato seed distribution, adoption and crop acceptance has been very high. A total of twelve farmers in ward 17 planted the crop for the third time and twenty farmers in wards 17 and 15 planted second generation crop. Farmers received refresher training and technical
advice during field visits from the organization and extension officers. As a result, farmers faced fewer challenges on crop production because of noticeable improvement on crop management such as weeding, appropriate use of chemicals and pesticides and earthing up.

read more…

The Extension and Training for Rural Agriculture (EXTRA) project is a three year programme being implemented in three districts in the Midlands Province (Gokwe South, Kwekwe and Shurugwi). The project is under the Livelihoods and Food Security Programme (LFSP) funded by DFID through FAO, whose overall goal is to improve food and nutrition security. The EXTRA project is being implemented by a consortium of five local and international non-governmental organisations (ICRISAT, Heifer International, We-Effect, Welt Hunger Hilfe, CTDO), CTDO is responsible for the delivery of the nutrition component of the project. 

read more…

The AACES – Shared Futures Project was implemented in five selected wards of Mutoko District, focusing on three main interventions which are Food Security, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and Maternal Child Health (MCH) with Policy and Advocacy and cross cutting issues of Gender, DRR and disability inclusiveness. The primary objective of the project is to achieve measurable improvements to the sustainable livelihoods and well-being of 3,000 vulnerable households in 30 communities in Eastern Zimbabwe (Mashonaland East). The principal focus of the project is to build on existing capacities and strengths through a strength-based approach and to support decentralization processes by increasing opportunities for marginalized people to advocate for the services they require. This year, our major thrust was on sustainability of all AACES – SFP assets to ensure continuity and ownership.

read more…

The ZIMCLIFS project funded by DFAT through ILRI, was implemented in Murehwa district in collaboration with the Department of AGRITEX and Department of Livestock Production of the Ministry of Agriculture, Mechanization and Irrigation Department. The project was implemented in five wards namely ward 4, 11, 14, 27 and 28. ZIMCLIFS project beneficiaries are communal farmers who practice both crop and livestock production, and focusing on livelihoods and soil fertility enhancement through the growing of forage legumes.
The project aimed to improve crop and livestock production in communal areas. To achieve this, trials on the growing of fodder crops to feed livestock are being demonstrated for farmer adoption. The fodder crops are saving multi purposes, including provision of livestock supplementary feeding and soil fertility improvement. In the agronomy trials; farmers are involved in CA practices and mulching with residues promoting minimum soil disturbance and inter-cropping with legumes which are also important for soil fertility improvement.

read more…

Project Summary
CTDO  implemented the DFAT/ UNICEF funded Small Towns WASH project (STWP) in Chivhu and Mutoko towns. The project was designed to promote sustainable participatory health and hygiene education (PHHE).

Expected Project Outcomes

• Improved knowledge of safe hygiene practices amongst the target communities through participatory hygiene.
• Enhanced community participation, improved accountability and responsiveness in the target towns and contribution to enhanced cost recovery and technical capacity.
• Strengthened urban WASH sector coordination, planning, management and monitoring.
• Conditions of alternative water sources, public sanitation facilities and WASH in schools are established.

read more…

Community Technology Development Organisation (CTDO) has been the Cooperating Partner for WFP in Rushinga district implementing the Productive Asset Creation (PAC) programme which commenced in June 2015 and was supposed to end in November 2015. 7 PAC projects were implemented in 5 wards namely 8, 10, 11, 16 and 17. It is also implementing the LSA programme which commenced in October 2015 and ran till March 2016 in 23 most food insecure households in the district. A maximum of 2580 beneficiaries were targeted under PAC while 10292 were targeted under LSA. The overall goal of the PAC and the LSA programme was to reduce extreme poverty and protect and promote livelihoods among the poor communities by providing emergency assistance to the most vulnerable and food insecure in the district during the Peak-Hunger-Period. The main emphasis under PAC was on creating assets that have long-term or multiple benefits to the entire community and reducing the number of people receiving food assistance so that they become self-reliant. PAC has to date distributed $525 250 through the Ecocash platform.

read more…

CTDO is part of this Civil Society WASH Consortia in Mashonaland West Province implementing the SELF project (Sustainable SERVICES for EVERYONE beyond the LIFETIME of the project at a FAIR price) in small urban centres of Hurungwe, Chirundu and Kariba. The project targets all 7 districts of the Mashonaland West province in Zimbabwe, including three urban councils (Kadoma, Chirundu, Norton) and ultimately aims to improve the delivery of WASH services (including solid waste disposal) and improve the hygiene practices of 200,000 people. It furthermore attempts to mainstream gender equality and social inclusion aspects in WASH planning and in the communities as a whole .
The SELF project is based on a concept called the “Theory of Change” elaborated during the project’s inception phase. This theory assumes that whilst households in the target area are willing and able to pay for services, a current deadlock exists whereby the local authorities (LAs) have no budget (or capacity) to provide services and thus cannot generate revenue streams until service provision re-commences and/or increases.

FOOD SECURITY AND LIVELIHOODS PROGRAMME
The Food Security and Livelihoods Programme’s main objective is to increase household food and nutrition security among the target community through appropriate agricultural, farmer innovations, and sustainable natural resource utilization. The programme implemented six projects in 8 out of the organization’s 15 operational districts during the 2015 financial year. These projects include:

 (i) Extension and Training for Rural Agriculture (EXTRA)

 (ii) Australia Africa Community Engagement Scheme (AACES)-Shared Futures Project (SFP),

(iii) Zimbabwe Crop and Livestock Intergration for Food Security (ZIMCLIFS)

 (iv) Small Towns Wash Project (STWP)

 (v) Productive Assets Creation (PAC) and Joint Lean Season Assistance (LSA) projects 

(vi) Sustainable Services for Everyone beyond the Lifetime of the project at a Fair price (SELF).

BIODIVERSITY AND ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT PROGRAMME
The program works with and supports over 28,000 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 increased seed and food security. It 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 cause of agricultural biodiversity loss, hunger and poverty.

The project was implemented in UMP, Goromonzi, Tsholotsho and Chiredzi Districts targeting 5,800 households (including 3 000 female headed households, 1 000 households either headed by orphans or children and 1 800 male headed households). The aim of the project was to uphold, strengthen and mainstream the rights and technical capacities of communities and smallholder farmers, and to influence local policies and institutions on the sustainable use of plant genetic resources for food security under conditions of climate change. The 3 year project ended 31 December 2015 having scored a number of successes

read more…

This “Joint Learning through Action Research part III” project was a 2 year project which was implemented in Murehwa, UMP and Chiredzi. The project directly benefitted 3 800 households and reached out more than 2 500 indirect beneficiaries. The project focused on interrogating farmers’ perceptions of climate change, comparison of these perceptions with 30-60 year meteorological data, assessing what crop diversity has been lost, what was the reason/cause for these losses, whether farmers felt the impacts of the losses and what strategies they think should be put in place to bring back the lost diversity. The project ended in September 2015.

read more…

This is a four-year project (2014 – 2018) being implemented in Vietnam, Myanmar, Laos, Peru, Senegal, Mali, India and Zimbabwe. It is funded by SIDA through Oxfam Novib. The project has four main pillars/themes, which together seek to strengthen seed systems and provide farmers with improved food security and nutrition while at the same time adapting to climate change. The four pillars are Pillar 1: Scaling up innovative and engendered models of biodiversity management; Pillar 2: Farmer seed enterprise (FSE) development to enhance the livelihoods and seed security of indigenous people; Pillar 3: Women, seeds and nutrition focusing on empowering women as catalysts for biodiversity based diets; and Pillar 4: Governance and knowledge systems.

read more…

The Project is being funded by The Dutch National Postcode Lottery through Oxfam Novib. CTDT is responsible for country coordination in Zimbabwe and implements the project in Mudzi and Rushinga Districts, FACHIG works in Mt Darwin and Dabane Trust in Matobo. Other key technical partners are CGN of the Netherlands, the Zimbabwe National Gene bank, Crop Breeding Institute (CBI) and CG centres (CIMMYT, ICRISAT). The objective of the project is to facilitate biodiversity-rich agro-ecological farms through strengthening women’s seeds management and system of community exchange.

read more…

our partners 

Close Menu