Sustainable Agriculture in a Changing Climate
CARE International and the Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) programme of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) have launched a long-term project in Western Kenya. The principle objective of the proposed project is explore how carbon finance can be used to enhance farm production–and thus food security–and build resilience of livelihoods and farming systems to climate change, while at the same time delivering on climate mitigation goals.
The Sustainable Agriculture in a Changing Climate (SACC) project has been designed to deliver positive climate change impacts by promoting afforestation and reforestation (AR) activities in the project area. These activities will contribute to carbon storage and hence less carbon will be released to the atmosphere in the form of carbon dioxide. In addition to this climate benefit, the project delivers livelihood benefits to the communities both within and bordering the lower and mid Nyando. This project was validated by the Climate, Community and Biodiversity (CCB) Standards Second Edition in January 2013 (Community Gold Level).
Stakeholder engagement and participation
The project takes on a 'pro-poor' approach which places emphasis on sustainable agriculture, improved livelihoods and the inclusion of women.