January 8, 2015

Fostering participation in East African carbon projects

Eva Fillion EcoAgriculture Partners

Authors from EcoAgriculture Partners, ECOTRUST and ENR Africa Associates have just launched a training manual aimed at farmer groups, extension staff and project managers who are implementing agricultural carbon projects in East Africa. Carbon projects are initiatives designed to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions or sequester those already in the atmosphere, such as through pla ...
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January 8, 2014

Participatory Action Research for Smallholder Carbon Projects

Quinn Bernier

Getting the details of agricultural carbon projects right requires paying close attention to local institutions. These entities—including community groups, local NGOs and local governments—are  pivotal in encouraging the participation in carbon projects and adoption of carbon-sequestering farm-based activities. They contribute to the monitoring and tracking of results and ...
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November 6, 2013

Farming Carbon and Ecosystem Services in a Sunburnt Landscape

By Brenda Lin, Research Scientist, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia Discussing responses to climate change impacts often centers on mitigation or adaptation, yet as we’ve seen with integrated landscape management, the two are not mutually exclusive and often there are additional co-benefits from these actions. Today, Bren ...
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November 1, 2013

Healthy Soils for Healthy Landscapes

What goes on below the ground in a landscape is just as significant as the vegetation and crops above. Particularly in relation to climate change, the state of a landscape’s soil can not only affect how much carbon is stored both below and above ground, but also the system’s ability to adapt to future climatic […] ...
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June 11, 2013

SHAMBA: Assessing Climate Change Mitigation in Agriculture in Malawi

By Nicholas Berry, Researcher in the School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh This week marks the second week of the 38th session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), where one of the many topics on tap was land-based climate change mitigation […] ...
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May 24, 2013

Leveraging Carbon Markets to Support Smallholder Farmers in Africa: Lessons from Experience

By Seth Shames, Senior Project Manager, EcoAgriculture Partners As the documented and projected impacts of climate change become increasingly alarming, and pressure mounts for dramatic global mitigation efforts, carbon credit markets have developed as a popular policy mechanism.  Though still largely focused on the energy sector, opportunities have emerged for smallholder farm ...
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December 18, 2012

Not for the Carbon: Re-thinking Climate Finance for Farmers

As the Landscapes Blog has highlighted topics related to climate change and agriculture, the issue of funding has surfaced a number of times, including a post at the beginning of the month on Navigating Finance for the Farmer. Landscapes Initiative Co-Organizer, The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) posted their take today on the finance roundtable at Agriculture, Landscapes, ...
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November 16, 2012

Landscape of the Week: Ankeniheny-Zahamena Corridor

On Wednesday the Landscapes Blog explored the role of forests in integrated agricultural landscape management. Trees become increasingly important features in a landscape when the needs of carbon sequestration for climate mitigation and increasing resilience to adapt enter the picture. A new project implemented by Madagascar’s Ministry of Environment and Forestry, and sup ...
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July 25, 2012

African Smallholders Harvesting Carbon

Yesterday’s blog post covered the topic of climate change adaptation. But agriculture also represents an important mitigation potential. A new report produced by the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and EcoAgriculture Partners explores how climate funds to reduce greenhouse gas emissions can benefit smallholder farmers and ...
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July 17, 2012

Setting the Stage for Sustainable Cocoa Farming in Ghana

Continuing to look at certifications and more sustainable production of commodity crops in agricultural landscapes, the Landscapes Blog explores cocoa in West Africa today. Kassy Holmes, from the Climate Change Program of Rainforest Alliance, provides insight into an alternative production model that benefits both people and nature. Ghana’s cocoa farmers have a long, intertwi ...
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