WOTRO Science for Global Development, in collaboration with the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and the Food& Business Knowledge Platform, granted eight projects in the fourth call within the Global Challenges Programme (GCP), which is part of Food & Business Research. The call focused on scaling up climate-smart agriculture. One of the granted projects is “Using Climate-Smart Financial Diaries for Scaling in the Nyando Basin, Kenya”. The research consortium includes Wageningen Economic Research, Nairobi University, ILRI (International Livestock Research Institute) and VI Agroforestry and ACWFS (project lead).
The basic challenge addressed in the project is the agricultural stagnation, environmental degradation and deepening poverty experienced in the Nyando River Basin in Western Kenya, aggravated by climate change causing more erratic rainfall patterns and shortening of growing season. Previous CCAFS-projects identified the combination drought-resistant breeds of oats/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. The kick-off meeting for the project was held in Kisumu, February 28- March 2, 2018, and included very rich interactions with stakeholders, a field visit and a coordination meeting of the team. Preparations for the baseline survey and the financial diaries are underway.