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How can smallholder farmers participate and benefit from the growing carbon market?

Until recently, smallholders have been unable to take advantage of the world’s growing carbon market, which is based on organizations selling the carbon they capture – for example through tree-planting – to countries or companies which wish to offset their own emissions. The difficulty of producing the minimum volumes required by the trade, the cost of registering projects and measuring carbon stocks, a lack of business skills – these are among the factors which have prevented smallholders from tapping into the carbon market. Taking the heat out of farming is a new report by the by a WorldAgroforestry Center documents efforts by a project that is using practical activities to overcome these challenges through a SMART-CDM approach. Read more

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