Understanding and improving scaling readiness of climate smart, nutrient management decision support tools (DST) in different institutional environments: Ethiopia & Tanzania

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.

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Project leader: 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)            


This project addresses the challenge of scaling climate smart nutrient management among African smallholder farmers by addressing the institutional factors and conditions relating to CSA knowledge service delivery (the CCAFS overall research question). It aims to understand and improve the ‘scaling readiness’ of climate smart, nutrient management decision support tools (DST) in different institutional environments: Ethiopia and Tanzania. ‘Scaling readiness’ is seen as the product of: (a) the fit between the DSTs (and its constituent climate smart nutrient management advices) and their envisaged users who operate at different scales, and; (b) the necessary (institutional) conditions which enable scaling by these different actors (i.e. extension, NGOs, agro-dealers). By working directly with different users operating at different scales, we examine the user logics that can inform the design of better decision support tools and the enabling (institutional) environments, which together shape the effective scaling of climate smart nutrient management advice.


Project number

W 08.260.309

Main applicant

Prof. dr. ir. C. Leeuwis

Affiliated with

Wageningen University & Research, Maatschappijwetenschappen, Communicatie, Filosofie, en Technologie (CPT)

Team members

Dr. A Andersson, H.L. Boogaard, Dr. P.Q. Craufurd, H.L.E. de Groot, R. Hijbeek, Dr. J.M. Houtkamp, Prof. dr. ir. M.K. van Ittersum, M. van Loon

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