Understanding and scaling Organizational structures for SMAllholder RElisience (OSMARE) in Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe

Understanding and scaling Organizations 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.

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Project leader: 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))   


OSMARE aims to define how the organizational structures of thirteen selected business models in Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Tanzania stimulate smallholder resilience to market, social and environmental shocks through Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA)-related incentives. Smallholder resilience represents a crucial ability for farmers to adapt to unexpected systemic shocks inherent to agri-food systems. Agribusiness managers and development actors, as well as farmers themselves, can use these organizational structures as levers to enhance smallholder resilience, thus fostering competitiveness, inclusiveness and mitigating or preventing the effects of climate change in the medium and long run. Based on the findings from two complementary studies involving 2,600 farmers in three years, results will be disseminated and discussed with local farmer organizations and their stakeholders, including agribusiness managers and development actors, to draw actionable implications for scaling up and scaling out innovative and best-fit business models to support the transformation to climate-smart agriculture.


Project number

W 08.260.304

Main applicant

Dr. D. Dentoni

Affiliated with

Wageningen University & Research, Maatschappijwetenschappen

Team members

T. Chapman, Dr. D. Dentoni, Dr. S. Gondwe, Dr. R. Lubberink, G. Mahove, Mr. T. Manyise, Dr. V.C. Materia, C. Muller, Mr. N. Munyaka, Dr. T Rosenstock, Prof. dr. J.H. Trienekens, A. Zuberi


01/01/2018 to 01/10/2020

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