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Institutional Models for Carbon Finance to Mobilize Sustainable Agricultural Development in Africa
Seth Shames, Sara J Scherr - EcoAgriculture Partners
If there is a silver lining to the storm cloud of climate change for Africa’s small farmers, it is the potential for them to participate in international climate change mitigation markets that have emerged in recent years. With supportive policies and skillful project development, these markets have the potential to catalyze climate-friendly and resilient smallholder agricultural development in Africa. This project aimed to examine the ways that agricultural greenhouse gas (GHG) markets are developing in Africa to support livelihoods of small farmers and the agroecosystems that they manage and to suggest ways to strengthen the institutions upon which these projects will be built in the future. Our definition of agriculture projects includes those in which farmers benefit from GHG mitigation markets. So, in addition to sequestration and emission reduction projects on working farm and pasture land, we have included forestry projects in which farmers are the primary “sellers” of credits. The project had three primary objectives. The first was to develop an inventory of agricultural GHG mitigation projects in sub-Saharan Africa. The analysis of the inventory includes a basic characterization of the elements of project design, with special attention to their institutional arrangements.
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