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Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is one of the poorest regions in the world, where an estimated 386 million people (48% of the region’s total population) live on less than USD 1.25 per day (Ravallion 2012). This group of people are considered the most vulnerable to climate change as they possess minimum financial and technical resources to cope with climate change (Wheeler and von Braun 2013). In SSA, meteorological disasters, especially droughts and floods, are the most common forms of natural disasters. As such, drought and floods represent 70% of economic losses related to natural hazards in SSA (Bhavnani et al. 2008). Because of climate change, the frequency and intensity of floods and droughts are projected to increase in the future (Bernstein et al. 2008) which negatively affects agriculture.
By the end of December 2020, the Climate Resilient Agribusiness for Tomorrow (CRAFT) project had approved and awarded coinvestment grants to 36 business cases targeting 237,250 smallholder farmers.
The contract farming between the business cases and smallholder farmers will revitalize and facilitate access to input and output markets for agricultural services and products, thereby providing multiple benefits to all actors along the value chains.
The agricultural services through the business cases are designed to advise, support and guide farmers from pre-planting to post-harvest handling.