Oil palm can help to sequester more carbon

Oil palm can help to sequester more carbon

According to ICRAF researchers, oil-palm plantations can help climate change mitigation as a source of biofuel but also by sequestering a considerable amount of carbon.

Stronger, resilient islands in the Philippines

Stronger, resilient islands in the Philippines

Although trees are an integral part of island life in Bohol, Philippines, these small island communities are not fully aware how trees can help them overcome natural disasters.

Partnering with the private sector in the Philippines

Partnering with the private sector in the Philippines

‘Filipinos have little choice but to adapt to the effects of climatic change and natural disasters...'

Farmers and researchers disagree on 'deliberately'

Farmers and researchers disagree on 'deliberately'

Researchers have found a gap between how farmers and research institutions characterise agroforestry systems. This could be limiting opportunities, productivity and food security.

Chinese Academy of Sciences joins ICRAF to transform agriculture in central Asia

Chinese Academy of Sciences joins ICRAF to transform agriculture in central Asia

Over 50 policy-makers, scientists and other experts from Europe, the United States, Africa, central Asia and China discuss the future of Central Asia’s vast landscapes

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New Mitigation Lab launched in Nairobi

A new laboratory facility launched under the Climate Change Unit at ICRAF’s headquarters in Nairobi will allow scientists to quantify greenhouse gas emissions from a range of ecosystems – from forests to crop and dairy farming. The Mitigation Lab, recently launched by the World Agroforestry Centre’s Board of Trustees and funded by the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), will help researchers pinpoint emissions hotspots – areas or practices that release substantially greater amounts of carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide into the atmosphere.

Research technician Margaret Thiongo demonstrates manual greenhouse gas emissions sampling to ICRAF Board of Trustees members

Research Technician Margaret Thiongo demonstrates manual greenhouse gas sampling techniques to ICRAF's Board of Trustees at the official lab launch

The data generated by the lab will help to compare greenhouse gas emissions between landscapes on which agroforestry and other climate-smart agriculture practices have been adopted and those landscapes on which they have not. This will help provide evidence that farmers who adopt improved practices are contributing to climate change mitigation by reducing their carbon footprint while at the same time increasing their production.

The lab boasts two gas chromatographs, both of which have automated samplers that can load and analyze 120 greenhouse gas samples in an eight hour day, greatly increasing the rate and efficiency of analysis.

Read more about the lab’s current work via the Standard Assessment of Mitigation Potential and Livelihoods in Smallholder Systems Project (SAMPLES) and the Mitigation of Climate Change in Agriculture Programme (MICCA), FAO.

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