AFRICAP in Tanzania is being co-ordinated by the Economic and Social Research Foundation (ESRF), an independent, not-for-profit Tanzanian institution that specialises in research and policy analysis.
Our co-designed, transdisciplinary and adaptive research in Tanzania will support development of an evidence base on the resilience of agri-food systems, with a view to informing debates on relevant national programmes, plans, policies or legislation and their implementation.
These include, for example:
- Tanzania Agriculture Climate Resilience Plan
- Agriculture Sector Development Programme (ASDP)
- II National Climate Smart Agriculture Guideline
- National Food and Nutrition Policy
- National Climate Change Strategy
- National Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation policies and planning processes
- National Five Year Development Plan II
- Tanzania Development Vision 2025
In Tanzania, the core AFRICAP team will build on and expand existing research relationships with Sokoine University of Agriculture, University of Dar es Salaam, Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology, Tanzania Meteorological Agency, CGIAR-CCAFS Programme, and the EU’s GCCA+ Programme, as well as develop new partnerships to inform and support development of evidence-based policy pathways that facilitate the development of sustainable, productive, climate smart agricultural systems to meet food security and economic development needs.
The following research is envisaged in Tanzania:
- Modelling activities to explore agri-food system scenarios that consider diets, climate impacts, and climate change mitigation.
- Climate science research to investigate resilience in, diversifications of, and transitions from, maize systems.
- Meteorological and livelihoods research to consider orography and its interactions with agriculture in Tanga region.
- Agricultural, environmental and social science collaboration to develop methodological protocols that investigate climate-smart agriculture intervention and innovation processes and evaluate their impacts.
- Food safety and health research to assess key drivers and determinants of food loss, aflatoxins, and impact on nutrition and health.
AFRICAP will support:
- African and UK scholar training aligned to the research and policy-facing activities
- Joint development and implementation of applied and interdisciplinary research projects
- Knowledge sharing of research for policy and practical impact
- Research-based learning among farmers, practitioners and academics.
- Development and dissemination of research outputs through joint research-policy forums.