Identification of Agricultural Mitigation Projects in Developing Countries

Under the Agricultural Mitigation Programme at FAO a new five-year project was launched at the beginning of this year on Mitigation of Climate Change in Agriculture (MICCA: http://www.fao.org/climatechange/micca/en/) with initial funding from the Finnish Government. One of the activities of the project is to test in practice the integration of agricultural techniques which mitigate climate change into the current practices of smallholders in developing countries. As a first step we want to identify what existing agricultural mitigation projects there are in developing countries (including agroforestry) to clarify which farming systems are already covered, which technologies are applied, how mitigation “efficient” these are and which remuneration systems are used for the farmers. We will analyse this information in terms of covered/missing farming systems and agro-ecological zones, and in a second step identify a number of existing agricultural projects in these “gap areas” that could incorporate a mitigation component and be used to broaden the range of agricultural mitigation activities being evaluated worldwide. In a third step we want to then establish, in collaboration with existing initiatives and projects, five agricultural mitigation pilot projects which cover different farming systems, agro-ecological zones and geographic regions. The pilots are planned to have a three-year duration. Thus, we would like to invite you, if you are involved in or know of any ongoing agricultural mitigation project in a developing country, to send us information on this/these project(s). The information will be compiled into a working paper which will be shared with you. We hope that you will see this as an opportunity to promote smallholder mitigation strategies and prevent experience and knowledge from being lost. Please send the information to: micca@fao.org

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