Smallholder Decision Support System

Collaborative knowledge creation and mediation strategies for the dissemination of water and soil conservation practices and climate smart agriculture in smallholder farming systems.

About

The Project

The Water Research Commission supported a 4-year adaptive research process entitled: "Collaborative knowledge creation and mediation strategies for the dissemination of water and soil conservation practices and climate smart agriculture in smallholder farming systems".

The outputs of this process are as follows:

On this site you will find summary reports outlining the implementation, indicators and impacts of a range of CRA practices, a survey tool for conducting and individual decision support process to choose practices appropriate for your situation and learning resources, including a facilitation manual, visual aids and farmer handouts.

Research

Reports

These reports summarise the testing and implementation of CRA practices by smallholder farmers in KwaZulu Natal, The Eastern Cape and Limpopo. They provide a brief visual description of each practice an analysis of the implementation and an assessment of the impact of the practise on the climate change resilience of the smallholder farming systems.

WRC-CCA Final Report - CRA Implementation Intensive Homestead Food Production

May 2020
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WRC-CCA Final Report - CRA Implementation Water Access

July 2020
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Farmer

Handouts

The handouts are designed to be information and learning aids in a workshop situation and consist of 1page summaries of the different CRA practices. These handouts have been divided into water management, soil management and crop and livestock management sections. They have been produced in English, isiZulu, isiXhosa and sePedi.

WRC CCA Crop Management

July 2020
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WRC CCA Livestock Integration

July 2020
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WRC CCA Soil Management

July 2020
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WRC CCA Water Management

July 2020
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Resources

A facilitation manual outlines the methodological and facilitation approaches that can be used in community-based climate change adaptation discussions and interventions. Visual aids to discussions are provided in the form of PowerPoint slides.

WRC CCA Facilitation Manual

July 2020
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WRC CCA Practices

July 2020
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Publications

Published journal articles and book chapters related to this CRA smallholder DSS.

CA Innovation Systems Build Climate Resilience for Smallholder Farmers in South Africa

July 2020
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Water Wheel Jan-Feb 2020

February 2020
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Water Wheel Nov-Dec 2019

December 2019
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Water Wheel_Sept - Oct 2019

November 2019
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