Mitigation of climate change

Advancing carbon sequestration through agroforestry to enhance livelihoods while mitigating climate change

Agroforestry systems have the potential to store high amounts of carbon in the landscape, but the schemes currently being negotiated to provide incentives for carbon storage exclude agricultural landscapes.

The World Agroforestry Centre is building up a knowledge base to overcome obstacles to the inclusion of agroforestry in such schemes. This includes working to develop a system for measuring and monitoring the carbon benefits of improved practices in agricultural landscapes and creating policy and institutional links between smallholder farmers and carbon markets.

We are involved in the deliberations of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and provide research results for use by major development agencies and NGOs.

A major emphasis of our work is on capacity building and policy guidance for developing country climate negotiators. We are also working to ensure smallholders, women and other disadvantaged groups will be able to engage with carbon markets.