Africa Biocarbon Initiative
World Agroforestry Centre are helping develop the scientific and technical evidence base for the Africa Biocarbon Initiative, led by the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA). COMESA is promoting climate change strategies that take into account the key role African agriculture can play in reducing emissions and increasing carbon stocks across the whole continent. It is estimated that 30% of global greenhouse gas emissions come from land-use with agriculture accounting for 14% of these. The biocarbon approach, which includes carbon stored in trees and vegetation, soil, dead leaves, and other organic matter, would reward countries that adopt agricultural systems that store carbon, are climate-resilient and increase productivity.
To support COMESA in its efforts to have African agriculture recognized as an activity that can help store carbon and reduce emissions, while benefitting hundreds and thousands of small farmers across the continent.
The World Agroforestry Centre is working with a consortium of national, regional and international research institutions in Africa to
This initiative is led by the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), with funding from NORAD – the Norwegian Agency for Development Co-operation.