Nyando Basin in western Kenya has severe problems of agricultural stagnation, environmental degradation and deepening poverty, aggravated by climate change causing more erratic rainfall patterns and shortening of growing season. CCAFS projects: "Incentives and innovative finance for scaling CSA up and out" and "Engagement, synthesis and strategic research in East Africa" identified successful interventions supporting farmers to cope with these adverse effects. One of the most promising avenues combines drought-resistant breeds of goats with horticulture and agroforestry—a food production system that is climate-resilient and climate-smart in closing nutrient cycles.
This project aims to contribute to developing and upscaling this business model addressing three challenges: (1) designing a conducive financial environment that enables upscaling, (2) identifying additional value chain partners to increase financial viability, (3) identifying constraints, opportunities and required policy interventions at the landscape level. An accompanying study of a more arid area closer to Nairobi (Wote village) highlights the generalizability of findings for areas where local interventions have yet to produce positive results.
For more information, please contact the project leaders:
- Prof Dr. Remco Oostendorp (Amsterdam Centre for World Food Studies, Vrije Universiteit) at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Dr. Maren Radeny (CCAFS East Africa/ILRI) at email@example.com
- Cor Wattel (Project leader CCAFS / Wageningen Economic Research) at firstname.lastname@example.org
This project is one of eight projects working to scale climate-smart agriculture (CSA) practices in East Africa that were funded in the fourth call of the Food & Business Global Challenges Program (GCP4).