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Bring tree farmers into carbon markets, Icraf urges

| Sourced From The East African |

Despite their contribution to reducing carbon emissions there is still no agreement globally on how to enlist millions of smallholder farmers who grow trees on their farms in global efforts to fight climate change.

The fear is often expressed that doing so will flood carbon markets and that the logistics f bringing on board hundreds of millions of farmers will be impossibly complicated.

But the Nairobi-based World Agroforestry Centre (Icraf) thinks farmers have a role to play and need to be brought into global carbon markets.

Icrafs argument is that farm forests are just as good as natural forests, at capturing and storing carbon emissions as industries and millions of cars burn tonnes of fossil fuels each day.

At the just-concluded Global Conference on Climate Change in Poznan, Poland, the international research centre lobbied hard for farmers who have planted trees on their farms to be allowed to sell the carbon their trees capture in the global carbon market.

As the conference got underway, Icraf released a study that detailed how bringing smallholder farmers on board would help fight the twin threats of climate change and poverty.

According to Icraf director-general Dr Dennis Garrity, this will encourage farmers to adopt

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