Climate Smart Agriculture Rapid Appraisal (CSA-RA) Prioritization Tool

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The CSA-RA provides an assessment of key barriers and opportunities to climate-smart agriculture (CSA) adoption across landscapes by collecting gender-disaggregated data, perceptions of climate variability, resource and labour allocation, as well as economic assessments at the household level. This approach combines participatory workshops, expert interviews, household/farmer interviews, and farm transect walks to gather and capture the realities and challenges facing diverse farming communities.

A Climate Smart Agriculture Rapid Appraisal (CSA-RA) was carried out by the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) in collaboration with Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) for the Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania (SAGCOT) in September 2014.

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The CSA-RA aimed to assess within and between district variations in farming systems, agricultural management practices, challenges for current agricultural practices, and climate vulnerability, in order to inform targeting of CSA. The CSA-RA used key-informant interviews, participatory workshops, transect walks, farmer interviews, as well as gender-disaggregated methods to gather information on important agriculture-related features and constraints faced by farmers. The CSA-RA from the SAGCOT was carried out in four districts: Bagamoyo, Kilosa, Kilolo and Mbarali.

The CSA-RA manual, the CSA-RA report for northern Uganda and the CSA-RA report for SAGCOT are all available on the CCAFS Dataverse here: http://dx.doi.org/10.7910/DVN/28703