Using Climate-Smart Financial Diaries for Scaling in the Nyando Basin, Kenya

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.

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Consortium

Project leader: 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),  

Summary

Nyando Basin in western Kenya has severe problems of agricultural stagnation, environmental degradation and deepening poverty, aggravated by climate change causing more erratic rainfall patterns and shortening of growing season. CCAFS projects WUR-F2-P248 and ILRI-F1-F2-EA-P263 identified successful interventions supporting farmers to cope with these adverse effects. One of the most promising avenues combines drought-resistant breeds of goats with horticulture and agroforestry - a food production system that is climate-resilient and climate smart in closing nutrient cycles. This project aims to contribute to developing and upscaling this business model addressing three challenges: (1) designing a conducive financial environment that enables upscaling, (2) identifying additional value chain partners to increase financial viability, (3) identifying constraints, opportunities and required policy interventions at landscape level. An accompanying study of a more arid area closer to Nairobi (Wote village) highlights the generalizability of findings for areas where local interventions have yet to produce positive results.

Details

Project number

W 08.260.310

Main applicant

Prof. dr. R.H. Oostendorp

Affiliated with

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Amsterdam Centre for World Food Studies

Team members

Dr. ir. M.A.P.M. van Asseldonk, Dr. J. Gathiaka, L. Martens Kalmelid, Dr. R. Mulwa, Dr. M Radeny, Dr. J. Recha, Drs. C.J. Wattel, Dr. C.F.A. van Wesenbeeck

Duration

31/12/2017 to 01/10/2020

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