Granted projects Food & Business Global Challenges Programme

Scaling up climate smart agriculture

26 September 2017

WOTRO Science for Global Development, in collaboration with the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform, granted eight projects in the fourth call within the Global Challenges Programme (GCP), which is part of Food & Business Research. The call focused on scaling up climate-smart agriculture.

The Food & Business research programme aims at scientific research and innovation that contribute to sustainable access to affordable, safe and nutritious food for vulnerable and resource-poor populations in LMICs. GCP-funded research projects aim to generate research-based advanced understanding of emerging key issues in food security and their impact on regional and local food security, and the role of private sector development. The first call for proposals was launched on in April 2013, resulting in five research projects. In 2014, six projects were granted within the second call for proposals. In the 2015 call,  five integrated projects were granted.

Granted projects

Inclusive and climate smart business models in Ethiopian and Kenyan dairy value chains
Dr Robert Baars – Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences. Consortium partners: Rik Ekweg (Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences (VHL)), Annemarie Westendorp (Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences (VHL)), Marco Verschuur (Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences (VHL)), Christopher Peterson (Michigan State University (MSU)), Taye Tolemariam (Jimma University (JU)), Jemal Yousuf (Jimma University (JU)), Eyerus Muleta (Jimma University (JU)), Francis Wambalaba (United States International University – Africa (USIU)), Karen Musikoyo (United States International University – Africa (USIU)), Wim Goris (AgriProFocus NL), Ayalew Abebe (AgriProFocus Ethiopia), Maureen Munjua (AgriProFocus Kenya), Suzanne Marjolein Van Dijk (UNIQUE forestry and land use GmbH)

'Business models Ethiopian and Kenyan dairy chains' - This research aims to describe business models of chain actors and supporters to identify opportunities for scaling up good climate smart practices. It is linked to “Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions” (NAMA) in Kenya to reduce GHG emissions from dairy production. Six dairy value chain case studies will be purposely selected, three in Kenya and three in Ethiopia, with varying degrees of market-orientation. Three PhD students will be lead investigator, each in two selected chains.

Understanding and scaling Organizational structures for SMAllholder RElisience (OSMARE) in Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe
Domenico Dentoni (Wageningen University (WU)) Consortium partners: Sera Gondwe (Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR)), Nelson Munyaka (Zimbabwe Super Seeds (ZSS)), Todd Rosenstock (World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)), Golden Mahove (VUNA), Sam Kareithi (VUNA), Jacques Trienekens (Wageningen University), Valentina Materia (Wageningen University (WU))

'Understanding and scaling Organisations for SMAllholder REsilience' - This project seeks to understand when and how the organization of new business models linking farmers to markets leads to resilience of smallholders, in particular youth and women. Resilience will be assessed in terms of development of farmers’ adaptive capacity and their engagement with other stakeholders in the system. During and after the investigation, personal and group trainings will provide spaces for smallholders, their representatives and stakeholders to exchange knowledge and reciprocally foster their capacities.

Upscaling CSA with small-scale food producers organised via VSLAs: Financing for adoption, behavioural change and resilience in rural Iringa Region, Tanzania
Ruerd Ruben (Wageningen University & Research (WUR)) Consortium partners: Joseph Hella (Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA)), Thabit Masoud (CARE International in Tanzania), Evan Girvetz (CIAT)

'Upscaling climate smart agriculture via micro finance' - The small-scale agriculture sector and food systems in rural Tanzania are in critical need of investment towards Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) that satisfy criteria of sustainability, profitability, equity and resilience (SuPER). This project will provide practical and conceptual insight in the appropriate combinations of business training (through Farmer Field & Business Schools - FFBS) and financial services (through Village Savings  & Loans Associations – VSLA) that support community-based adaptation (CBA) action plans.

Multiple pathways and inclusive low emission development: navigating towards leverage points in the East-African dairy sector
Sietze Renze Vellema (Wageningen University & Research) Consortium partners: Todd Crane (International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)), George Schoneveld (Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)), Joanes Atela (African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS)), Robin Mbae (Ministry of Agriculture Kenya, Livestock and Fisheries (State Department of Livestock)), Polly Ericksen (International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI))

'Inclusive Low-Emission Development (i-LED): East African dairy' - Reducing emissions intensity of livestock is high on the agenda in East Africa. This research analyses institutional conditions for scaling inclusive Low-Emission Development (i-LED) interventions that account for the diversity of practices, development pathways and interests in the Kenyan and Tanzanian dairy sectors. The project engages governments, leading dairy firms, service providers and male and female livestock keepers in research-driven dialogues to design a portfolio of context-sensitive LED-approaches reducing emissions intensity while enhancing socio-economic inclusivity.

Understanding and improving scaling readiness of climate smart, nutrient management decision support tools (DST) in different institutional environments: Ethiopia & Tanzania
Cees Leeuwis (WUR – Wageningen University & Research) Consortium partners: Jens Andersson (International Maize & Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT)), Peter Q. Craufurd (International Maize & Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT)), Gebreyes Gurmu Debele (Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research-EIAR), Arnold Angelo Mushongi (Agricultural Research Institute (ARI) - Ilonga), Martin Van Ittersum (WUR – Wageningen University & Research)

'Scaling climate-smart nutrient management tools in Africa' - This project aims to improve the delivery and uptake of nutrient management advisory tools that aim to increase African maize production while avoiding increases in greenhouse gas emissions. Working directly with different types of farmers and advisory services, the project examines the ‘user logics’ and institutional environments that affect the large-scale uptake of these climate-smart nutrient management advisory tools by smallholder farmers in Ethiopia and Tanzania.

Citizen’s Science approach to climate smart and nutrition sensitive seed value chains for food and nutrition security in Uganda and Ethiopia
Peter Gildemacher (KIT) Consortium partners: John Wasswa Mulumba (National Agricultural Research organization, Plant Genetic Resources Centre), Josephine Akia (Participatory Ecological Land Use Management (PELUM)), Carlo Fadda (Bioversity International), Dejene Kassahun Mengistu (Mekelle University), Silvia Sarapura (KIT), Froukje Kruijssen (KIT), Gloria Otieno (Bioversity International)

'Citizen’s Science for climate smart nutritious varieties' - Traditionally new varieties of crops are being tested by agricultural scientists, with farmers, in controlled trials. In ‘citizen science’ samples of candidate varieties are send to a large group of farmers. They test the candidate varieties and provide simple feedback on its performance. This project will bring ‘citizen science’ into use in variety testing and registration in Ethiopia and Uganda. Focus will be on selection of varieties with high nutritional value adapted to climate stress.

Promoting climate resilient seed varieties: Smallholder barriers to adoption and willingness to pay for seed of drought tolerant maize varieties in Uganda
Robert Albert Sparrow (Wageningen University & Research) Consortium partners: Fredrick Bagamba (Makerere University), Astrid Mastenbroek (Wageningen UR Uganda Ltd), Jonathan Hellin (International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT)

'Promoting climate resilient maize varieties in Uganda' - The uptake of certified maize seed by smallholder farmers is persistently low despite the fact that this seed has much higher yield potential and is often more tolerant to drought than the varieties traditionally grown by farmers. This project investigates the main sources of risk for smallholder farmers, and whether offering appropriate insurance products together with maize seed will increase their willingness to pay for drought tolerant maize varieties.

Using Climate-Smart Financial Diaries for Scaling in the Nyando Basin, Kenya
Remco Oostendorp (Amsterdam Centre for World Food Studies, Vrije Universiteit) Consortium partners: John Gathiaka (School of Economics, University of Nairobi), Arne Andersson (Vi Agroforestry Eastern Africa), Maren Radeny (CCAFS East Africa/ILRI), Cor Wattel (CCAFS / Wageningen Economic Research)

'Climate-Smart Financial Diaries for Scaling in Kenya' - Nyando Basin in western Kenya experiences agricultural stagnation, environmental degradation and deepening poverty, aggravated by climate change. Previous CCAFS-projects identified the combination drought-resistant breeds of goats/horticulture/agroforestry as a promising strategy that is climate-resilient and climate smart in closing nutrient cycles. This project will support upscaling this business model addressing three challenges: (1) designing a conducive financial environment, (2) identifying additional value chain partners, and (3) identifying constraints, opportunities and required policy interventions at landscape level.

Food & Business Research

Food & Business Research implements the research element of the Food & Business Knowledge Agenda of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The research agenda is elaborated upon by the Food & Business Knowledge Platform. Each project focuses on specific emerging key issues in food security and their impact on regional and local food security, as well as on the role of the private sector. The research is conducted by consortia of researchers and various private and/or public partners from the Netherlands and LMICs.

Source: NWO