Vi Agroforestry, KenyaAgricultural Carbon Project Amos wafula Wekesa Communicating Carbon Workshop 12-14 October 2011 Nairobi, Kenya
Local Context• The project is piloted on registered farmer 3000 associations/groups covering an area of 45,000 with about 60,000 farms• The farmers are small-scale subsistence with average size of 1 ha• The Expected Ers are 1.2 m t CO2eq over 20 years• 70 % of implementers are women yet only 10 % own land and have full control
Describing Carbon Sequestration• Adoption of Sustainable Agricultural Land Management technologies by farmers will influence increased carbon sequestration and trigger soil fertility for increased food productivity.• Adaptation to climate change• Enhanced soil carbon stock conserve soil and reduce chances of soil being depleted• The language used is both traditional and scientific• The tools used to communicate the meaning of carbon sequestration include discussions, posters, drawings, use of films and expert explanation• There has been a communication challenge on revenue distribution• Use of group leaders and community resource persons explanation support farmer understanding.
Financial and Non-Financial Benefits & Costs• Farmers have potential for production alerting them on soil degradation dynamics and adoption of SALM is a solution makes them to invest in the best farm enterprises.• The primary financial benefits include food sales for income the language used is both present and future as the practices take time to improve soil• Farmers contracts communicate show the payments installments and timeframe• communication tool(s) on benefits include field visits, drawings, and farmers testimony and results• Farmers always expect the organization to provide all inputs to the project but Farmer Enterprise Development and Village Savings and Loaning has enabled farmers to understand the worthiness of investment in project activities
Monitoring, Reporting, and Verification (MRV)• Monitoring is based on Activity modeling for project and group participatory monitoring for individual farmer progress• Manuals, forms and drawings are tools for communication and to explain MRV of carbon sequestration• Most of the communication strategies is scientific still• The use of community resource person
Legal Issues• Contracts were designed with farmer representatives and meetings of discussions made the farmers understood the contract• [Insert one bullet points on how you have explained conflicts will be legally resolved and the language used]• Use of discussions [Comment on the communication tool(s) you have found most useful to explain the legal issues of carbon sequestration (e.g. newsletters, drawings, or films etc)]• The payment benefits in the contract was solved with farmers focusing on co-benefits, food security and climate resilience