Published | 18th February 2019

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Info Note: Climate Smart Agriculture and SuPER Approach

Testing a new model combining micro-finance and farmer training to upscale the adoption of climate-smart agriculture practices by small-scale farmers in developing countries

Applying an innovative micro-finance model to harness the uptake of climate-smart agriculture practices with Tanzanian smallholder-farmers

This note introduces the Climate-Smart Agriculture – Sustainable, Productive, Profitable, Equitable and Resilient (CSA-SuPER) research project implemented by a consortium comprising CARE International, International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), and Wageningen University of Research (WUR).

The key messages from this info note include the following:

  1. The consortium tests the impact pathway of a new model to upscale climate-smart agricultural practices among small-scale farmers in developing economies introduced by CARE in the Iringa district, Tanzania.
  2. The model bundles village savings and loan associations with farmer field and business schools.
  3. The project will identify climate risk profiles of farmers in the Iringa region and conduct household surveys to test the impact pathway of the model.
  4. The methods used in the research and findings of the project will be disseminated through workshops and capacity building activities in Tanzania.


SuPER is a set of principles that guides CARE’s work in small-scale agriculture in a changing climate. The outcomes we seek are food security and nutrition and greater resilience to climate change. By sustainable, we mean agriculture that is protecting and enhancing natural resources and at the same time driven by inclusive and accountable institutions and policies. We want sustainable social and economic policies that prioritize gender equality because we do not believe that sustainability is possible without tackling gender-based discrimination. By productive and profitable we mean that we want to increase yields and incomes among small-scale farmers. We want to specifically address the needs of women producers by reducing labour burden and increasing household nutrition. By equitable we mean enabling equal access to opportunities, resources, services and rewards for women farmers as well as men and promoting access to affordable, nutritious food for all. We want respect for human rights as part of the drive for equity. By resilience, we mean communities are able to withstand and recover from climate-related and other shocks by supporting community-based adaptation, connecting institutions, and collectives for better governance, and using market, technical and climate information to support farmer-led analysis, planning and risk management.

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