Upscaling climate-smart agriculture via micro finance in Tanzania | Global Challenges Programme project

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Project description

This project will provide practical and conceptual insight in the appropriate combinations of business training (through farmer field and business schools – FFBS) and financial services (through village savings and loans associations – VSLA) that support community-based adaptation (CBA) action plans for dovetailing empowerment and upscaling/graduation towards climate change mitigation with social and gender inclusiveness.

Combining action research and lab-in-the-field experiments we develop and test rigorous models and tools for interactive learning and validation towards integrated impact assessment that generate better insights into operational pathways towards CSA scaling while considering simultaneous changes in (intra)household behavior, production systems, and value chain interactions. 

This multi-level approach towards scaling partnerships enables public and private agents to engage into mutually beneficial sustainable, profitable, equitable and resilient (SuPER) strategies and arrangements that support female farmers’ engagement into nitrogen recycling practices, nutrition-sensitive value chains, improved dietary diversity and effective risk sharing and portfolio management.

This research proposal is embedded in the Kukua na Kujifunza (KNK) CARE project in Tanzania focussing on smallholder women farmers in Iringa Rural District. CARE will use existing VSLAs, (possible new) FFBSs, and similar collectives as entry points for developing value chains for diversified agro-food products. KNK will target five value chains (soya, maize, onions, tomatoes and poultry) that are linked through intercropping and input complementarities (animal feeding, composting). The soya chain will be analyzed in more detail in the current research proposal since this includes a.o. nitrogen-fixing properties that improve soil health and yields through intercropping and integrated farm management.

CARE and CCAFS have a strategic collaboration agenda to support the upscaling of gender equitable CSA/SuPER approaches with small-scale women producers in Iringa Rural District. A key area of interest lies in understanding the potential role(s) of different kinds of finance (credit, savings), the relevance and efficacy of different types of business management support (training, FFBS), and the opportunities to engage with a range of value chain actors (trade contracts), in support of the ambitions of climate change resilience and food and nutrition security.

CIAT/P4S is involved in mapping climate risk profiles for the Iringa region, as well as estimating the socio-environmental cost-benefits of CSA practices, both on the basis of methods deployed in the P4S programme. This WOTRO program will support the analyses of farmers’ responses and impact of different types (and combinations) of CSA supportive instruments on the envisaged program outputs/outcomes.




Further information

For more information, please contact the project leaders:

    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). 

    The GCP4 is a collaboration between CCAFSNWO-WOTRO and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform, under the recently established NL-CGIAR partnership.