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.
The annual project achievements are detailed below;
Nutrition Surveys and programme strategies A Nutrition Contextual Analysis and a Nutrition Barrier Analysis were conducted during the inception phase of the project. The findings from these two analyses were useful in directing nutrition programming particularly the development of the EXTRA Nutrition Behaviour Change Communication strategy.
Mainstreaming nutrition into agricultural production One of the major roles of CTDO in the EXTRA project is to spearhead the mainstreaming of nutrition into agricultural production. The concept of nutrition sensitive agriculture was introduced to the EXTRA project areas through the FAO 2015 Healthy Harvest training manual. The purpose of the training was to show synergies between agricultural production and nutrition; explaining negative impacts agricultural production can have on nutrition; how rural households can grow and consume diverse nutritious foods; and preserve surplus produce for future consumption. Other topics covered included infant and young child feeding, basic hygiene and feeding during illness. In rolling out the Health Harvest, CTDO used a Training of Trainers approach for provincial and district level staff from the EXTRA project, Ministry of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development (MAMID) and the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MOHCC). The training was cascaded to ward level extension workers, to lead farmers and community based mobilisers and eventually the farmers. The table below summarises the extension workers and lead farmers trained on the Healthy Harvest.