Small-Holder Agriculture Monitoring and Baseline Assessment Tool

Carbon farmers with the Plan Vivo Foundation are part of a smallholder climate finance project. The SHAMBA tool is an approved methodology for greenhouse gas accounting for smallholder farmers in Plan Vivo climate finance projects.

The Small-Holder Agriculture Mitigation Benefits Assessment (SHAMBA) tool and methodology allows Plan Vivo projects, for the first time, to derive carbon credits from soil carbon and other agricultural sources. This increases the volume of carbon credits for which smallholder farmers are eligible and enhances their access to other climate finance.

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A full description of the tool can be downloaded from the CCAFS website here. The tool is also publicly available at http://shambatool.wordpress.com/outputs/ and is accompanied by a tool description, user guide and methodology. The tool contains its own help. Additionally, the web interface of the tool is viewable at: http://planvivoplatform.ourecosystem.com

The University of Edinburgh and the CGIAR Research Program for Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security worked together to develop this tool, and the University of Edinburgh, Bioclimate and Plan Vivo are now working together to increase the use of this tool beyond the initial projects in sub-Saharan Africa. The aim is to estimate climate benefits from other geographical regions and land use practices, as well as reporting metrics describing impacts on resilience and yields. 

Please contact Julianna White for more information.