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Climate Smart Agriculture in the Kericho-Mau Tea Landscape


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Exploring how to scale up climate-smart agriculture in the Kericho-Mau Tea Landscape, Kenya. Ideas Marketplace presentation from Ecoagriculture Partners and The Rainforest Alliance. Presented at Agriculture, Landscapes and Livelihoods Day 5 in Doha Qatar, 3 December 2012.

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Climate Smart Agriculture in the Kericho-Mau Tea Landscape

  1. 1. The Kericho-Mau Tea Landscape Exploring How to Scale Up Climate-Smart AgricultureThe Challenge: The Opportunity:Most of the focus of climate-smart agricul- Climate-smart landscapes are characterized not only by climate-smart practices at theture has been on farm-based sustainable farm-scale, but by diversity of land use and land use interactions throughout the land-agricultural management practices. How- scape. Yet, despite the conceptual appeal of this approach, there is little informationever, for climate-smart agriculture to available on how to operationalize such “climate-smart landscapes.”achieve its many objectives, it is necessary If this approach is to gain wide support, a more detailed understanding of the opera-for planning and intervention to move tional aspects of the approach is needed. EcoAgriculture Partners and the Rainforestbeyond the farm to the landscape scale. Alliance addressed this gap by developing a participatory assessment tool. Using the Participatory Assessment Tool We deployed the assessment tool in the Kericho-Mau region of Western Kenya–an important tea-growing region and watershed where agriculture and ecosystem services are expected to be strongly affected by climate change. The Rainforest Alliance applied the tool through consultations with tea industry stakeholders including representatives from business, govern- ment, NGOs, research institutions, and donors. The objective of the assessment was to help the Rainforest Alliance: Understand the operating context and breadth of existing activities to support climate-smart agriculture, implemented by various actors in a given landscape; Assess and suggest primary opportunities for upscaling the adoption of climate-smart agricultural practices at a landscape-level; Identify sources of finance that could be tapped to support upscaling climate-smart activities with a particular focus on emerging climate finance opportunities.Findings:We suggest that a structured assessment tool of Increasing climate-smart education and train- Such a model would harness existing sustainabil-the sort deployed in Kericho-Mau can help align ing initiatives; ity commitments and growing global demand fordisparate actors and finance sources to translate Optimizing fuelwood consumption and sus- certification to train hundreds of thousands ofclimate-smart landscape concepts to reality in tainably managing eucalyptus; producers, while leveraging government and pri-rural landscapes around the world. Supporting a community of practice to facili- vate sector investment to secure the long-termIn the case of Kericho-Mau, the multinational tate knowledge and technology transfer be- implementation of these practices.companies, research institutions and tween multinationals and smallholders;government regulatory and development Building local economic resilience via productagencies that comprise the tea industry are diversification and value addition, includingdoing a great deal to address climate change. Alinchpin in these efforts are commitments from through blending and packing. In this context, climate finance sources would be For more informationthe Kenya Tea Development Agency and Seth Shames at used to leverage existing value chain invest-multinational brands to certify their tea under Mark Moroge at ments in sustainable tea production. Two prior-the Rainforest Alliance Certified sustainable TM ity areas of investment could include programsagriculture standards. to cover smallholder costs of adoption of CSABuilding upon this strong foundation, opportu- practices, and policy and coordination work thatnities to upscale sustainable, climate-smart ac- existing private sector investment is unlikely totivities from the farm to the landscape include: cover.