Vi Agroforestry is working in two different ways with climate offsetting; via the standard Plan Vivo and via Verified Carbon Standard.
The support given to farmers who participate in carbon offsetting is similar to that for other farmers that Vi Agroforestry works with. The focus in both cases is: poverty reduction, environmental improvement through agroforestry, improved farming practices and support to farm enterprise development.
Agroforestry enhances carbon sequestration and thereby it contributes to mitigation of climate change. Since the climate-adapted agricultural advocated by the Vi Agroforestry increases the sequestration of carbon in the trees and in the soil, it will help to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
Trees sustain life
Vi Agroforestry implements the project “Emiti Nibwo Bulora” – Swahili for “Tree sustain life” – in Kagera in Tanzania, since 2010. Vi Agroforestry´s work is certified according to the Plan Vivo standard. It is a standard designed for projects that aim to reduce poverty, restore ecosystems, increase adaptive capacity to climate change while mitigating climate change through sequestration of carbon in trees. Operations are financed with funds raised, that are earmarked for climate offsetting according to the Plan Vivo standard.
Kenya Agriculture Carbon Project
In the project, Kenya Agriculture Carbon Project (KACP) Vi Agroforestry cooperates with The world Bank. The project has developed a method to estimate the climate benefits of Sustainable Agriculture Land Management practices (SALM). This is done by measuring sustainable agriculture potential for carbon storage, especially in the soils. The method was developed to be suitable for small-holder farmers who farm on degraded soils. In 2011, the method of Sustainable Agriculture Land Management was approved by one of the most well-known standards in the voluntary carbon market, the Verified Carbon Standard. The project was the first carbon project in Africa for land and agriculture. The project aims to maintain and restore degraded agricultural land into functioning ecosystems from a landscape perspective. It is essential to increase farmers’ resilience to climate change, the production of ecosystem services and food security. In KACP, the credits traded primarily goes to the Bio Carbon Fund, a fund with both private and public investors that is managed by the World Bank. The fund invests in projects that contribute to carbon storage in forests and agricultural systems. In KACP, the Vi Agroforestry can thus not control or affect the actors involved in climate offsetting.