Project description

In order to adopt climate-smart agricultural practices, smallholder farmers need access to sufficient and adequate finance and skills to rightly use finance.

This project looks at how tailored financial products and services in combination with competence building can support smallholder farmers and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to invest in CSA practices and businesses. The project aims to develop context-specific kowledge on the factors and conditions which constitute an effective technical and financial package to scale up and scale out CSA practices and businesses. The project will assess the impact of these packages on the adoption of CSA and farmers' and SMEs' resilience to climate change.


  • Shortlist of priority case studies of mapping smallholder farmers’ needs for financial products and services within the CCAFS regions
  • Paper discussing the gaps between smallholders’ demands to finance to invest in CSA and its supply
  • 2-3 case studies will be implemented that target smallholder farmers’ who are assisted through tailored financial products and services in combination with capacity building to make their way of farming more climate-smart and market-oriented


This project is led by Wageningen University and Research (WUR) in collaboration with the International Maize and Wheat Imrpovement Centre (CIMMYT), the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI).

Further information

For more information, contact project leader Annemarie Groot (WUR) at