Many countries across East Africa are experiencing rising temperatures, unpredictable rainfall patterns, and an increasing number of extreme weather events such as floods and prolonged droughts. Climate change is having far-reaching consequences not only for the agricultural sector but also for the management of natural resources as well as the food security situation for the growing urban and rural population. Adoption of climate-smart and ecologically sustainable production methods is key to improving the productivity of the existing food crop production and supply systems.
The Climate Smart Agriculture East Africa (CSA-EA) program (2018—2022) will increase the availability of climate-smart foods for the growing population in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.
The program will implement the following activities:
- Climate risk analysis of major food value chains and identification of business opportunities in CSA
- Business case development and matching grant funding to the private sector, small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and farmer cooperatives
- Investment leveraging through facilitating access to finance
- Policy influencing and operationalization of climate plans
- Feedback on practical applicability of CSA technologies, models and climate science
- Knowledge sharing among countries and networks
Knowledge sharing and learning will be a cross-cutting element of the program. Practices, technologies, approaches, and methodologies that have proven to be successful will be shared and scaled to increase their impact. Gender equality and opportunities for youth employment will be fully integrated into the program’s implementation.
The primary target groups of the program will include small and medium entrepreneurial farmers, agribusiness SMEs, and service providers to these SMEs, as well as government and financial institutions that play a key role in creating an enabling environment that can foster large-scale roll-out of CSA.
Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda
The project is funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, led by SNV Netherlands Development Organisation, in partnership with Wageningen University and Research, the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), Agriterra, and Rabo Partnerships.
For more information, please contact the Project Manager, Susan van Keulen-Cantella, at email@example.com.