May 23, 2009

Organizational Background SMART Initiative (Sustainable Mobilization of Agricultural Resource Technologies) is a community based not-for profit organization that is non-political and non-faith based. SMART was founded in January 2003. SMART is dedicated to promoting low cost, biologically based, environmentally friendly and economically viable strategies for increasing productivity for small holder farm families in order to achieve social and economic sustenance. SMART targets economically and socially disadvantaged small-scale farm families and more importantly women at the grass root level. SMART was initiated to tackle the problems of deforestation, soil erosion, food insecurity , high pest prevalence, bio-diversity loss, water problems and health problems. Activities include Bee keeping, Agro forestry, Semi zero grazing, Integrated Pest Management (IPM), Soil erosion control, HIV/Aids, Kitchen gardens and Table banking. This proposal seeks funding to initiate a more environmentally friendly and economically viable project that addresses the plight of many poor farm hold that consists mainly of women and children. Vision To have a c ommunity that is economically empowered and lives in harmony with the ecology. Mission SMART has a desire to disseminate appropriate low-cost agricultural technologies through community education and participation in addressing food security. This is through fostering realistic and practical social economic and scientific agricultural technologies geared towards alleviating poverty and increasing environmental resilience and community empowerment and participat ion improving bio-diversity and working towards sustainability. SMART believes that everybody should be food secure and live in a better environment. Activities · Training in sustainable Agriculture technologies i.e. kitchen gardens, use of compost, companion planting, agro forestry, soil conservation measures, crop rotation, cover crop/green manure, raised beds, tea manures, low cost irrigation techniques, water harvesting techniques e.t.c. · Training in appropriate health technologies i.e. HIV/AIDS prevention and care, nutrition security, malaria prevention etc. · Encourage the creation of community revolving loan funds. · Encourage value addition of community Agro-products · Training in market logy. · Linking the communi ty to national and external marketing agencies. · Collaboration and network with relevant CBOs, NGOs, and GOV.

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