Agricultural carbon projects in Africa

Institutional Analysis and Capacity-Building of Agricultural Projects in Africa

Background

There is growing interest in development of agricultural carbon projects in Africa that can sequester large amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to mitigate climate change, while contributing to sustainable agriculture and land management for smallholder farmers. However, C projects face numerous challenges, especially related to institutional arrangements that in the end marginalise poorer farmers and women from decision-making and deny them benefits from these projects.

EcoAgriculture Partners and CCAFS are both working to collect and synthesise vital lessons learnt from the design and management from the last decade of community forest carbon projects. They are collaborating to deepen the institutional analysis through in-depth case studies of projects using diverse institutional models. By involving active agricultural carbon project developers and managers in design, data collection and analysis, the project also aims to build their capacity for institutional analysis and design for agricultural carbon projects. By building an institutional baseline in 2010, the project will enable rigorous tracking of institutional changes and impacts over time. If successful, such studies and trainings would be replicated in other parts of Africa and other parts of the world. 

Objectives

To enable national planners, developers and managers of agricultural carbon projects in Africa to develop cost-effective agricultural PES projects that support local sustainable development priorities. 

Location

East and West Africa

Partners

EcoAgriculture Partners, with local partners including National Conservation Research Centre (NCRC) Ghana, Nature Harness Initiative (NAHI) Uganda, ENR Africa Centre Uganda, Environmental Conservation Trust of Uganda (ECOTRUST) Uganda. 

Timeframe

2010 to 2011

Related Reading

Making carbon finance for sustainable agriculture work for poor people (PDF)