Scaling agroforestry for holistic climate resilience-building in rural Tanzania

Numerous projects across the globe have supported the identification and implementation of good ag-ricultural practices to advance climate change adaptation. Yet, few manage to sustain the positive ef-fects after the project period. The SCARF-project will address the root-causes of non-adoption of agri-cultural good practices. The goal is to promote long-term resilience of smallholder farmers in rural Tan-zania. Based on an innovative combination of scientific climate impact and adaptation assessments, participatory tools and implementation activities, agroforestry measures will be selected, analysed, co-designed, implemented and scaled up. The systemic nature of agroforestry and its various environmen-tal and socio-economic benefits make it a particularly promising climate change adaptation strategy. The project aims to understand and foster conditions that lead to the upscaling of agroforestry in both time and space.

This project plans to promote the resilience of rural local communities in Tanzania in the face of increasing threats, including extreme weather events, gradual climatic changes and compounding risks such as the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to achieve this, the project will identify, pilot and improve innovative agroforestry approaches to accelerate the long-term uptake of farm-level adaptation practices in the agricultural sector. PIK will be responsible for the climate impact projections, as well as for assessing the effectiveness of the selected agroforestry tech-nologies using crop models.

The SCARF project is funded by the International Climate Iniative (IKI). IKI has an independent complaint mechanism, which is intended to enable people who suffer (potential) negative social and/or environmental consequences from IKI projects, or who wish to report the improper use of funds, to voice their complaints and seek redress. More information on the independent complaint mechanism and how to file a complaint can be found here:


Dec 01, 2022 until Nov 30, 2025

Funding Agency


Funding Call

IKI Medium Grants 2021


Christoph Gornott