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From reactive to proactive adaptation: expanding provision of climate proofed services by local farmer organisations

NADO farmer's group members in their tree seedlings nursery, Tanzania
Credit: Jenny Öhman / FFD

Cooperative Development Organisation

Implementing Partners and Organisations

Njombe Agricultural Development Organization (NADO)

Period of Implementation

January 2023 - December 2026

Geographic scope

Africa: Tanzania

Cities: Njombe & Iringa


$ 422,020
€ 387 992


Bilateral Aid: Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland


Agriculture & Fisheries, Agroforestry, Climate & Environment

Type of Activity

Administrative and support service activities, Governance and Organizational Strengthening, Technical Assistance & Advisory, Training & Capacity Building


Resilient smallholders assure food security under climate uncertainty, limit rural migration, and contribute to global emission reductions. However, smallholders are disproportionally vulnerable to climate change as they are often marginalised, isolated, and dependent on degrading natural resources and infrastructure. This is particularly relevant as climate variability is already putting several production systems under increasing pressure in Tanzania and farmers need support to transition from reactive to proactive adaptation which will allow them to take advantage of potential opportunities. The project aims at upgrading access to services concerning agroecology principles for climate resilience in agriculture, tree plantations and key tree crops production as well as climate proofing those services; the project also supports the co-creation of tools and methods to share experiences among local FOs on resilience-related experimentation at farm level through another EU-funded research and innovation project FOledRI. Farmers will decide what actions should be prioritised and what capacities are needed for implementation by using the Building Resilience Tool-I (BR-I) which empowers farmers to understand and promote adaptation actions either by themselves or by accessing support services from others. The Building Resilience Tool-II (BR-II) will allow FOs to self-assess their capacities and the services provided to members; this will be done through the results of the BR-I so that FOs can design a climate action plan to support farmers to develop long-term resilience. Priority will be given to agroecological principles having a direct impact on building resilience (e.g., diversity, efficiency, and solidarity) and those supporting the transition (e.g., governance, circular/green economy) towards proactive adaptation. Special attention will be given to disadvantaged groups (women, youth, and disabled). In addition to short-term improvements in productivity or profitability, the project will produce feasible action plans that support or create adaptive capacity into different production system.

Project Objectives

to build resilient rural communities that support poverty reduction, food and nutritional security, environmental sustainability, and diverse production systems. 

Impact on SDGs

SDG1 - No Poverty
SDG2 - Zero Hunger
SDG5 - Gender Equality
SDG8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
SDG13 - Climate Action

Main Indicators

% of members with improved climate resilience of their production system
# of farmers diversified their income activities through adoption of climate-resilient agroecological practices
# of new or improved climate resilient processes, products or services in agriculture or forestry value-chains
# of people belonging to disadvantage groups participating in project activities
# of staff and farmers participating in policy advocacy activities

Direct beneficiaries

Organisations: 1

Individuals: 16154

Key Tags

Entrepreneurship, Environment, Food Security