Lumanda (Hibiscus) planted for seed production and marketing.
CTDT has been engaged in seed production and marketing of groundnuts, maize and beans to address issues of seed accessibility, affordability and availability as well as addressing food and nutrition security at the household level. In this regard, 272 farmers are producing quality seed. Furthermore, CTDT aims to build community resilience against climate change through income generation for households. The seed production activities are being implemented in Shibuyunji and Chikankata districts.
In 2022, CTDT sort to also include seed production and marketing of Neglected and Underutilized Species (NUS) that are important for addressing nutrition but have limited seed quantities within the targeted communities. NUS seed production and marketing project, is aimed at enhancing nutrition security and income generation for rural communities in Zambia. With the intensification of the chemical agriculture industry, there has been an increase in the number of non-communicable health conditions, which in turn has led to an increase in the demand and consumption of foods grown without the use of pesticides which have been underutilized in the past.
In Shibuyunji district, Tuyakapili and Tiyatop Farmer Field Schools (FFS) have been involved in Seed production of Lumanda (Hibiscus), Bondwe(Amaranthus), indigenous spring onion and local rape(Brassica). In Chikankata district, the FFS are focusing on Cleome production.
Amaranthus locally known as bondwe.