SNV, East Africa (Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda)

The livelihoods of many farmers and producers across East Africa are under increasing threat from the long-term impacts of climate change and, more recently, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on supply chains and market access. The pace, efficacy and scale of farmer and producer adaptation is intrinsically bound to the quality and accessibility of those climate smart inputs, technologies and services they need and the capacity of service providers and the delivery models they employ.

Contracted through SNV’s COVID-19 Response and Resilience Initiative for Food Value Chains in Africa (CORE) programme, Springfield is supporting SNV teams in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda to assess experience, capture lessons, and strengthen their programmatic support to climate smart service providers across the region. The assignment entails an extensive programme of service delivery model (SDM) analyses that seeks to explore the nature of model resilience in terms of business viability, ecosystem functionality, and sustainability of climate smart outcomes. The work will culminate in the modelling and definition of a set of sustainable, climate smart agriculture service delivery model ‘archetypes’ to support a diverse array of service providers across the region to strengthen and render more resilient the climate smart services they provide to smallholder farmers and producers.

The work will draw extensively on the experience and learning of SNV’s Climate Resilient Agribusiness for Tomorrow (CRAFT) programme as well as other selected and innovative SDM examples from the region. The CRAFT programme currently provides grants and technical assistance to a diverse array of climate smart input providers with the aim of strengthening, sustaining and scaling service provision to smallholder farmers and Springfield’s support will directly contribute to the development and strengthening of CRAFT outcomes and impact.

Specific objectives:

  • Analysis: Model and analyse input services and effective delivery models that are supported by CRAFT or other projects, to improve resilience and commercial sustainability for specific business cases. For CRAFT this includes climate-smart inputs and services in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania.
  • Comparative analysis: Analyse and archetype SDMs observed across different settings and value chains in developing countries with focus on East Africa, highlighting types and characteristics of models observed, opportunities and constraints of bundling services, and lessons and insights on best practice, including a review of the main delivery models and cases employed by CRAFT.
  • Recommendations: Based on the analyses, provide recommendations for SNV field projects.
  • Methodology development: Contribute to developing a methodology for strengthening the resilience of input service delivery models.
  • Learning: Co-host one or more online learning exchange session(s) for SNV agriculture projects.