Smallholder Decision Support System


The Project

The Water Research Commission supported a 4-year adaptive research process entitled: “Collaborative knowledge creation and mediation strategies for the dissemination of water and soil conservation practices and climate smart agriculture in smallholder farming systems”.

The outputs of this process are as follows:

  • A choice of appropriate, tested Climate Resilient Agriculture (CRA) practices and technologies for implementation at homestead and field level across a range of bioclimatic regions
  • A locally relevant decision support system (DSS) for implementing CRA practices in smallholder farming systems in South Africa
  • Baskets of options for use at community level for introduction of concepts, awareness raising and implementation, across a range of bioclimatic regions
  • Recommendations for appropriate knowledge mediation, learning and dissemination strategies for CRA in smallholder farming systems and
  • A model for community- based monitoring of CRA indicators.

On this site you will find summary reports outlining the implementation, indicators and impacts of a range of CRA practices, a survey tool for conducting and individual decision support process to choose practices appropriate for your situation and learning resources, including a facilitation manual, visual aids and farmer handouts.