KCSAP seeking Concept Notes for Adaptive Collaborative Research – Kenya

Deadline: 23 July 2019

The Kenya Climate Smart Agriculture Project (KCSAP) is currently accepting concept notes from public and private agricultural research and development institutions, universities, and any organization involved in agricultural research to conduct adaptive collaborative research along priority agricultural product value chains (APVC) to generate context-specific CSA-TIMPs that contribute to attainment of the triple wins; namely:

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  • increased productivity,
  • Enhancing resilience,
  • Reducing GHG emissions

KCSAP is a Government of Kenya (GoK) project, supported by the World Bank under the State Department for Crops Development in the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries & Irrigation (MoALF&I).  The Project Development Objective (PDO) is “To increase agricultural productivity and build resilience to climate change risks in targeted smallholder farming and pastoral communities in Kenya, and in the event of an Eligible Crisis or Emergency, to provide immediate and effective response”. The project focuses primarily on:

  • Improving water/soil management, especially within smallholder systems in the marginal rainfall zones—specifically, in smallholder mixed crop-livestock, crop-livestock-tree (agro-silvopastoral) production systems and in crop forest (agro-forestry) production systems;
  • Promoting sustainable, community‐driven rangeland management and improved access to quality livestock services in ASALs—specifically, in pastoral/extensive livestock production systems;
  • Supporting the generation and dissemination of improved agricultural TIMPs and building sustainable seed systems;
  • Enhancing access to quality agro-weather, climate, advisory, and market information services among

The project is being implemented in the following 24 counties, namely: Marsabit, Isiolo, Tana River, Garissa, Wajir, and Mandera (Arid areas): West Pokot, Baringo, Laikipia, Machakos, Nyeri, Tharaka Nithi, Lamu, Taita Taveta and Kajiado (Semi-Arid areas): Busia, Siaya, Nyandarua, Bomet, Kericho, Kakamega, Uasin Gishu, Elgeyo Marakwet and Kisumu (Medium to high rainfall areas).


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To support implementation of adaptive and applied collaborative research for development, validation and dissemination of market-led, demand-driven, context specific CSA. The KCSAP CGS uses the ‘Collaborative Research Model’ (CRM) as its main vehicle for research projects’ development and implementation. The model applies the Agricultural Product Value Chain (APVC) approach as its primary framework for research priority setting, planning and implementation; and PPP as the basis for establishing research consortia.

Thematic Areas

  • Climate smart crops
  • Climate smart livestock & aquaculture
  • Socio-economics research
  • Land, water management and agroforestry

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Successful projects may be funded up to a maximum KES 30 million each.

 General Requirements

A Concept note MUST demonstrate:

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  • Clear multi-institutional, multi-disciplinary and APVC approaches;
  • Definite and context-specific research interventions and target beneficiaries at specific segments of APVC continuum;
  • Market orientation and agri-business development potential;
  • Potential to contribute to at least one of the CSA triple wins (increased productivity, enhanced resilience, reduced greenhouse gases emissions) and their sustainability;
  • Integration of cross-cutting issues i.e. gender, vulnerable and marginalised groups (VMGs), social-cultural and environmental issues;
  • Potential for generation of new information/knowledge on TIMPs for decision making
  • Potential for pro-poor growth;
  • Potential for impact;
  • Attainable outputs within the project timeframe of three years.

How to Apply

Applicants should submit their concept notes at the address given on the website.

For more information, please visit http://www.kilimo.go.ke/?p=3181

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