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Carbon sequestration can provide resources for farming diversification & from subsistence to commercial viability

Traditional land uses studied are largely subsistence activities that can benefit from crop diversification financed by carbon offset

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EXPLAIN YOUR IDEA

Rice farming by traditional methods has been recognised as a high carbon releasing process due to plant/water relationship, type of plant growth and especially the stubble burn off process used. The recent incorporation of rice farming under the United Nations REDD+ carbon offset program has offered the chance for small farm operations to benefit financially by diversifying their crops to a lower carbon footprint, making more efficient and productive land use, and going some way to covering the establishment costs involved. As an example, changing from open land rice growing to greenhouse hydroponic vegetable farming can be sustainable and open more profitable markets to otherwise limited rural farmers. Carbon credit projects are a means of moving relatively unproductive small land holdings into more market focused products that an increasingly diverse population are demanding. Using the revenue from carbon credits can assist government agencies, agricultural NGO's, micro finance organisations and farmers directly in boosting available financial to enable such diversification. Such benefits are already being felt in many regions of the world with some very beneficial results currently being achieved in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Thailand.

WHO BENEFITS?

Small land holders stand to benefit from carbon credit revenue to enable farm diversification. Rice planting has limited revenue potential when done on a small scale with income mainly coming from government contract purchase arrangements and subsidy. Unless a much larger commercial operator buys them out, such farmers have few resources open to them to cover the cost of diversification. Micro finance organisations are looking to apply carbon credit evaluations to assist small farmers in this.

WHERE WILL YOUR IDEA BE IMPLEMENTED?

Farmers in south (Mekong) and central Vietnam are being approached with this proposal while active organisations, such as micro finance services, are preparing to act as the management catalyst to submit the rather complicated application process.

ARE YOU IMPLEMENTING IN AN ELIGIBLE COUNTRY?

  • Yes

EXPERTISE IN SECTOR

  • I’ve worked in a sector related to my idea for over a year

EXPERIENCE IN IMPLEMENTATION COUNTRY(IES)

  • Yes, for more than one year.

In countries like Thailand, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia rice farming produces a necessary agricultural product which is significantly increased in productivity when improved farming methods are employed. However, many small subsistence farming operations can not generate adequate income to improve methods or increase in size to become commercially viable. While larger commercial operations continue to expand and cater for the ever present demand for this essential staple food, small land holders are faced with limited opportunities for improvement. Changing to alternative crops that can be more productive and profitable would help such small sized farms to become sustainable and profitable and this is being assisted through carbon offset recognition which has the capacity to provide at least some of the financial cost of farm diversification in this sector.

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