Sustainable Agriculture Land Management Practices for Climate Change Mitigation
The manual was created specifically for use in the Western Kenya Smallholder Agricultural Carbon project, managed by the Swedish NGO Vi Agroforestry, which is the test case for the first voluntary carbon standard (VCS) methodology for generating carbon credits by building organic matter in agricultural soils. Vi Agroforestry takes a holistic approach to project implementation which focuses first on improving farm productivity and livelihoods while generating carbon credits as a co-benefit. The project aims for scale by using its professional staff to train community facilitators who coordinate the participation of village-level organizations in the project and provide support to farmers as they implement the sustainable agricultural land management (SALM) practices which generate the carbon credits within the project.
This manual includes introductory modules on climate change and SALM, as well as modules that describe specific SALM practices, including soil nutrient management, tillage and residue management, agronomic practices, integrated pest management, agroforestry, soil and water management and improved livestock management.