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INTRODUCTION  CTDT has more than 10yrs experience in community based on farm seed systems  Current activities cover 10 districts of Zimbabwe (Tsholotsho,

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1 INTRODUCTION  CTDT has more than 10yrs experience in community based on farm seed systems  Current activities cover 10 districts of Zimbabwe (Tsholotsho, Chiredzi, UMP, Chegutu, Goromonzi, Seke, Nyanga, Murewa, Mudzi, Mtoko)  Both farmer saved seed and improved seed from the formal sector has been distributed through seed bulking/ multiplication programmes

2  Enable the conservation of different plant genetic resources within the local communities so as to safeguard against genetic erosion.  Act as a strategic seed reserve at community level in case of genetic loss due to natural disasters such as droughts, floods, diseases, etc.  Create a link between the communities and national gene bank for easy access to genetic materials: farmers can retrieve lost genetic material from the National Reserve  Serve as a platform for knowledge exchange and trade of planting materials by farmers within rural communities  Seed banks are strategically placed in the management of Changing Climatic Environments

3 CROPSAccessions in 3 Seed banks Maize95 Sorghum350 Pearl millet270 Cowpeas550 Ground nuts127 Indigenous vegetables190 TOTAL ACCESSIONS1582

4 YearCropSeed produced (tons) 2000 ( Seed Co/ICRISAT/CTDT)Pearl millet ( Seed Co/ICRISAT/CTDT)Pearl Millet ( Seed Co/ICRISAT/CTDT)Pearl Millet ( Seed Co/ICRISAT/CTDT)Pearl Millet (Agri-seeds/CTDT)Pearl Millet (Agri-seeds/CTDT)Pearl Millet (Agri-seeds/CTDT)Pearl Millet (Agri-seeds/CTDT)Pearl Millet (Agri-seeds/CTDT)Pearl Millet (Agri-seeds/CTDT)Pearl Millet32

5 DistrictMaize seed (MT) Cowpea (MT) Sorghum (MT) Groundnuts (MT) Total Beneficiaries Mrehwa45 (Hybrid) Mutoko40 (Hybrid) UMP25 (Hybrid) UMP45.5 (OPV) Mudzi35(OPV) Chiredzi40 (OPV) Seke79.4 (OPV)

6  Vegetable seeds are distributed during Dry Winter Months to vulnerable households.  Among communities, cultivation of leafy vegetables in wetland areas is common soon after the end of rain-fed agriculture.  During the winter period (April to July 2009) CTDT distributed 2000 nutritional kits with eight different vegetables (rape, beans, carrots, butternut, tomato, onion, cabbage & squash).  NB- there is need to initiate vegetable seed production programmes at community level.

7  Facilitate the establishment of community based seed production associations (groups).  Decentralize seed production requirements by crop type and quantities to Provinces.  Promote inter-provincial seed trade centres  Enhance engagement of farmers into contract seed production through an agri-business approach.


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