Collaborative knowledge creation and mediation strategies for the dissemination of Water and Soil Conservation practices and Climate Smart Agriculture in smallholder farming systems.

Project objectives

  1. To evaluate and identify best practice options for CSA and Soil and Water Conservation (SWC) in smallholder farming systems, in two bioclimatic regions in South Africa. (Output 1)
  2. To amplify collaborative knowledge creation of CSA practices with smallholder farmers in South Africa (Output 2)
  3. To test and adapt existing CSA decision support systems (DSS) for the South African smallholder context (Outputs 2,3)
  4. To evaluate the impact of CSA interventions identified through the DSS by piloting interventions in smallholder farmer systems, considering water productivity, social acceptability and farm-scale resilience (Outputs 3,4)
  5. Visual and proxy indicators appropriate for a Payment for Ecosystems based model are tested at community level for local assessment of progress and tested against field and laboratory analysis of soil physical and chemical properties, and water productivity (Output 5)

Project objectives

  1. To evaluate and identify best practice options for CSA and Soil and Water Conservation (SWC) in smallholder farming systems, in two bioclimatic regions in South Africa. (Output 1)
  2. To amplify collaborative knowledge creation of CSA practices with smallholder farmers in South Africa (Output 2)
  3. To test and adapt existing CSA decision support systems (DSS) for the South African smallholder context (Outputs 2,3)
  4. To evaluate the impact of CSA interventions identified through the DSS by piloting interventions in smallholder farmer systems, considering water productivity, social acceptability and farm-scale resilience (Outputs 3,4)
  5. Visual and proxy indicators appropriate for a Payment for Ecosystems based model are tested at community level for local assessment of progress and tested against field and laboratory analysis of soil physical and chemical properties, and water productivity (Output 5)

Overview of Deliverable 2

The desktop review process for this brief has been divided into three distinct sections:

  1. A review of Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) practices potentially relevant to this brief including agroecology, soil and water conservation(SWC), conservation agriculture (CA) and landscape management approaches. Included here are the policies, strategies and present best practice internationally, regionally and nationally. These aspects were covered in Deliverable 1.
  2. A review of participatory, livelihoods and socio-ecological approaches relevant to this brief, including an overview of present methodological and participatory frameworks being used in vulnerability assessments and climate change adaptation. These aspects are to be covered in Deliverable 2 along with stakeholder engagement, case study development and site identification; thus, the present document
  3. A review of decision support systems that have been developed to date for CSA assessing their viability and potential for adaptation in our context. These aspects are to be explored, along with the initial development of the broad outlines of a decision support system (DSS) to be used in this brief. These aspects will be reported under Deliverable 3.

The reason for this is twofold; the first being the sheer volume and complexity of published material on these topics and the second is to accommodate for the team writing process being employed. All team members, including the students and field staff are involved in writing sections of these reports.  The students are mentored by other members of the research team and joint writing sessions and review processes have been set up. This is an inherent part of the capacity development process for this research brief.  It is also the reason why in this deliverable the author/s of each section will be noted.

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