Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resources Management (SANRM)
TSURO’s core activities are on sustainable agriculture and natural resource management. The objectives are to strengthen the ability to self-organize rural communities, increase agricultural production, food and seed sovereignty, sustainable management of pasture and water catchment areas and adaptation to climate change.
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SANRM is a specialised department of TSURO Trust with efforts to defeat hunger, climate change and environmental degradation. The main goal is to achieve food security at household level through supporting smallholder farmers in Chimanimani District at the same time making sure that people have regular access to enough high quality food. Under the department of sustainable agriculture and natural resource management, TSURO is involved in innovative Holistic Land and Livestock Management (HLLM) approach, promotion of food availability, promote livestock health and offspring moreover inclusive and participatory approaches to climate change and watershed management (CC&WSM), soil and water management, seed, food and nutrition security and sovereignty as well as community-based protection of species and biodiversity. Under the SANRM, TSURO endeavours to strengthen an increasing number of seed producers on small farms of Chimanimani through training in Agro ecology and organic farming practices, sound Open Pollinated Variety (OPV) seed production, and exchanging seed and knowledge in seed study groups.
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SANRM facilitates the setting up of agro ecology farmer learning centres, provision of starter packs to seed producers, smallholder farmers and other agricultural inputs to TSURO members and non TSURO members who are vulnerable throughout the district. To enhance sustainability a Seed bank has been enacted for seed storage for future use as well as a platform for knowledge sharing on seed and other diversified agricultural practices. The department has also been involved in training of beekeepers in a bid to alleviate poverty amongst small holder farmers this has been strengthened through provision of Kenya Top Bar (KTB) hives and beekeeping equipment for starters. All this and more has been made possible through working in partnership with Seed and Knowledge Initiated (SKI), Primates World Relief Development Fund (PWRDF), Tudor Trust, Cotswold Foundation, Weltfriedensdienst e.V. (World For Peace -WFD), LandsAid, Comic Relief, Bread for the World ,Canadian Food Grains Bank (CFGB).