Sustainability in the air

Smallholder farmers in western Kenya are benefitting from carbon credits generated by improving farming techniques

In western Kenya, the Kenya Agricultural Carbon Project has enabled 60,000 small-scale farmers to use sustainable and eco-friendly farming techniques. Because of land degradation, these farmers could not produce enough to feed their families. They learned techniques that increase organic matter in the soil, boost land yields, prevent erosion and improve water absorption of soil. The adoption of new farming practices, such as covering land with plant waste or mulching, enables soil carbon sequestration. Farmers, who have tried these techniques on 45,000 ha, have received their first carbon credits for reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 24,788 t, which is equivalent to the annual emissions of 5,164 cars. Farmers also benefitted from increased yields of 15 to 20%.

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