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Title: Helping smallholder farmers mitigate climate change
Author: Wollenberg E, Higman S, Seeberg-Elverfeldt C, Neely C, Tapio-Bistrom M-L, Neufeldt H
AGROVOC Keywords: CLIMATE; FINANCIAL POLICIES; INCENTIVES; SMALL FARMS
Date: 2012-08-15
Publisher: CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security
Citation: Wollenberg E, Higman S, Seeberg-Elverfeldt C, Neely C, Tapio-Bistrom M.-L, Neufeldt H. 2012. Helping smallholder farmers mitigate climate change. CCAFS Policy Brief 5. Copenhagen, Denmark: CCAFS.
Series/Report No.: CCAFS Policy Brief;5
Abstract: Key messages - Smallholder farmers can contribute significantly to climate change mitigation but will need incentives to adapt their practices. - Incentives from selling carbon credits are limited by low returns to farmers, high transaction costs, and the need for farmers to invest in mitigation activities long before they receive payments. - Improved food security, economic benefits and adaptation to climate change are more fundamental incentives that should accompany mitigation. - Designing agricultural investment and policy to provide up-front finance and longer term rewards for mitigation practices will help reach larger numbers of farmers than specialized mitigation interventions.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10568/21730
Status: Open Access
CGIAR research program: CLIMATE CHANGE, AGRICULTURE AND FOOD SECURITY
Subject Focus: PRO-POOR CLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATION

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