CSA/SuPER - Upscaling CSA with small-scale food producers organised via VSLAs: Financing for adoption, behavioural change and resilience in rural Iringa Region, Tanzania

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))

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.


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 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 behaviour, 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.


Project number

W 08.260.311

Main applicant

Prof. dr. R. Ruben

Affiliated with

Wageningen University & Research, Wageningen Economic Research

Team members

Dr. E. Girvet, S. Karanja PhD, Dr. H. Pamuk, Prof. dr. R. Ruben


31/12/2017 to 31/03/2020