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

Upscaling climate smart agriculture via micro finance in Tanzania

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.

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Consortium

Project leader: Ruerd Ruben (Wageningen University & Research (WUR))

Consortium partners: Joseph Hella (Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA)), Thabit Masoud (CARE International in Tanzania), Evan Girvetz (CIAT)

Summary

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.

Details

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. Grey, S. Karanja PhD, J. Osiemo MSc, Dr. H. Pamuk, Prof. dr. R. Ruben, K. Shikuku MSc

Duration

31/12/2017 to 31/03/2020

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