Smallholder farmers in Zambia are beneficiaries of scheme to deliver more effective policies and investments in sustainable agriculture.

The Supporting Smallholder Farmers’ Decision-making: Managing Trade-offs and Synergies for Sustainable Intensification (SITAM) is funded by the Sustainable Agricultural Intensification Research and Learning in Africa (SAIRLA) programme.

Sponsors behind the project include the United Kingdom (UK) Department for International Development and managed by WYG International Limited and the Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich.

SAIRLA project seeks to generate evidence and design tools to enable governments, investors and other stakeholders to deliver more effective policies and investments in sustainable agriculture intensification that strengthens the capacity of poorer farmers.

With a bias towards women and youth, the countries set to benefit from sustainable intensification are Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia.

SITAM, a four-year project (2016-2019) which is being led by International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) will address the challenges and opportunities of smallholder farmers, in particular poor farmers and women in managing the trade-offs between production, sustainability and other socio-economic and environmental factors.

The project also hopes to co-generate research findings with communities and local stakeholders in Eastern Burkina Faso, northwest Ghana and Central Malawi, using household and community level processes.

It will further engage decision makers through National Learning Alliances (NLAs) to bring about changes in their knowledge, awareness, attitudes and capacities.