Food security is key for sustainable development, so a key ingredient in URDT’s programmes.
URDT uses the following parameters of Food Security:
•Availability (in quantity and quality): Household food production, crop diversity and nutrients
•Access: Percentage food expenditure to total household expenditures
•Utilisation: Degree of access to services (water, health and sanitation)
•Stability: Stability of food prices and supply
URDT believes that all people have the right to access to healthy and nutritious food and to decide what they eat. This is the basic principle of food sovereignity.
We improve domestic food levels through supporting rural farmers in the production of healthy and nutritious food at a fair price.
URDT is involved in training, education, information sharing and research for food security and agro ecological practices for producing more nutritious and healthy crops.
This is done through:
- Demonstration Farm that shows the importance of environmentally sustainable farming traditions while integrating some aspects of modern agriculture and nutrient agricultural practices
- Mini Estate project to support peasants to establish farmer lead primary societies and to promote value addition through agro-processing plants
- URDT Schools that follow the 2-generation approach where students teach parents the principles and practice of food security, amongst others
- Homes of students that act as demonstration and training sites
- Skills training in sustainable agriculture, value addition and nutrient based agriculture through the URDT Institute
- Listener training, consciousness raising and advocacy on it community radio; KKCR 91.7 FM
- Special Projects: Upscaling Production and Consumption of Oranges, Flesh sweetpotato, Rural Livelihood Programme , the Epicenter Programme, Pupil led School Farm project.