Creating an Evergreen Agriculture in Africa: for Food Security and Environmental Resilience

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Background

"Agroforestry systems tend to sequester much greater quantities of carbon above the ground and below the ground than agricultural systems without trees. This is particularly true for farms with fertilizer trees such as Faidherbia or Gliricidia. Consequently, there is currently much interest in the creation of bio-carbon investment funds in Africa to channel carbon offset payments from developed countries to stimulate more carbon sequestration in African farming systems. As the African nations develop their strategies for climate change adaptation and mitigation, there will be opportunities to attract serious investments in carbon offset Payments for smallholder agroforestry development. It is estimated that further Investments in agroforestry over the next fifty years could result in 50 billion tons of additional carbon dioxide being removed from the atmosphere. This alone is a major proportion of the world’s total carbon reduction challenge.”

References

  1.  "Creating an Evergreen Agriculture in Africa: for Food Security and Environmental Resilience"