Climate smart agriculture in East Africa

As a response to the climate changes affecting the agriculture sector of the East African countries, a consortium made up of The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and SNV, in association with Wageningen University and Research, CGIAR’s Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security Program, and Agriterra set up a project called Climate Smart Agriculture for East Africa. The project was designed for 5 years (from January 2018 until December 2022) and is running in 3 East African countries namely Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.

The project will promote climate smart agriculture as a way to transform and reorient agricultural systems to the new realities of climate change. It provides an opportunity for smallholder farmers in East Africa to adapt their farming businesses and mitigate the negative effects of climate change. The program will deliver impact in the following areas:
  1. Productive capacity and income increased for 300,000 smallholder farmers
  2. Business performance improved for 50 agribusiness SMEs and 30 cooperatives (of which at least 25% is managed by women and/or youth)
  3. Climate resilient sustainable food production practiced on 600,000 hectares with more carbon, energy, and water efficient production systems.
The consortium, led by SNV, provides a strong platform to not only manage and coordinate a robust CSA program, but provides targeted technical assistance to local partners and companies, research and knowledge management support, hereby contributing to a more conducive environment and joint investments in CSA food production and supply improvements. To achieve scale and support the international and Dutch efforts on climate change, the CSA-EA program will work with and through the private sector and supports public sector partners in creating the institutional environment for wide-scale adoption of CSA-practices. The consortium partners will also leverage and create synergies with other existing programs and plans, including National Climate Plans (NDCs, NAPs), World Bank (WB) and other climate lending portfolio, Geodata 4 Water and Agriculture, and the programs developed by the Dutch Embassies in the three countries mentioned above.

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