2015 - 2018

Africa - Regional:

Climate Smart Agriculture Programme

The Climate Smart Agriculture Programme, now known as VUNA, is a £23 million DFID funded programme that supports smallholder farmers in east and southern Africa to adapt to climate change. As well as delivering results on the ground, the programme also aims to provide a transformative evidence base and offer a compelling demonstration effect to inform policy and programmes. The long term goal of VUNA is to achieve transformative change across the agriculture sector of East and Southern Africa, to increase the climate resilience of the majority of smallholder farmers. To achieve this VUNA aims to:

  • Generate, extract, package and disseminate evidence to support and influence policy makers, educators and practitioners.
  • Deliver regional and national policy support that encourages CSA uptake.
  • Promote and provide support to farmers for uptake of CSA practices.

Each of VUNA’s projects works towards the following key aims of VUNA’s approach:

  • To increase women’s access to and control over resources, by targeting interventions to their specific constraints;
  • To increase the recognition of how implementation of “Climate Smart” approaches will benefit private sector companies and organisations;
  • To improve the results management of interventions to accurately and transparently monitor impacts, and share best practice for future use; and
  • To build a regional CSA coalition to set the framework for a long-term approach to supporting farmers’ livelihoods.

Across East and Southern Africa, VUNA is:

  • Strengthening the use and application of CSA evidence (an area of work called Evidence, Learning and Influencing);
  • Creating an enabling environment for CSA (an area of work called Enabling Environment);
  • Building sustainable linkages between farmers and private companies via innovative and effective approaches to the delivery of support for CSA uptake (an area of work called Agriculture Development).

VUNA works with smallholder farmers, farmers unions, private sector companies, organisations, governments, research institutions, civil society groups and regional economic communities. Working with our partners ASI, the LTS team are providing a range of technical inputs into all phases of the programme starting with scoping and design.

  • The scoping phase focused on updating the case for the Programme, assessing the challenges and obstacles to wider adoption of CSA approaches, outlining the initial ideas on a strategy for the programme, and outlining achievable Outcomes and Impact. LTS staff provided country specific technical expertise on CSA, inputs on the gender aspects of the topic, drafted a broad communications framework, and led the drafting of the scoping report.
  • In the design phase LTS inputs focused on refining the communications strategy and taking forward the M&E plan, as well as additional technical inputs into the state of CSA and guided the development of country studies which provide key facts on the status of women in agriculture in ten countries in East and Southern Africa and produced a Gender and Social Inclusion strategy for the programme.
  • In the current implementation phase LTS inputs are focused on capacity building to support regional institutions, country partners and implementation agencies roll-out a DCED results measurement system, a communications and learning strategy and the Gender and Social Inclusion strategy.

We work with new and existing CSA activities in five initial focus countries: Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. In a later stage of work, VUNA will begin to inform CSA activities in additional countries to build a regional CSA coalition across East and Southern Africa.

Clients: Department for International Development



Geography: Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Date: 2015 - 2018


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