CSA/SuPER project tests a new model that combines micro-finance and farmer training to upscale the adoption of climate-smart agriculture (CSA) practices by small-scale farmers in developing countries.
Small-scale farmers in developing countries are highly vulnerable to the negative impacts of climate change. Adoption of climate-smart agriculture (CSA) practices can mitigate those negative impacts. However, few farmers adapt those practices due to limited access to agricultural knowledge and finance.
CARE, CIAT, SUA, and Wageningen University & Research came together in CSA-SuPER research project to investigate a new model for upscaling the adoption of CSA practices by small-scale farmers in developing countries. This new model implemented by CARE in Iringa, Tanzania bundles villages savings and loan associations (VSLAs) that provides agricultural finance with farmer field business schools (FFBSs) that deliver agricultural knowledge to groups of small-scale women farmers. The model also follows sustainable, productive, profitable, equitable and resilient, so-called SuPER, farming principles to guarantee that women are not excluded and receive equal opportunities to adopt those practices.
The project team will prepare climate risk profile reports that summarize the major climate risks and coping options for small-scale farmers in Iringa. Following this, the team will conduct household surveys, focus group discussions, and lab in the field experiments to investigate the impact pathway of the model. The findings of the study will be shared with stakeholders through reports, scientific publications, presentations, and workshops.