Implementing smallholder carbon projects: building local institutional capacity through participatory action research
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Shames A, Heiner K, Kapukha M, Kiguli L, Masiga M, Kalunda P, Sempala A, Recha J, Wekesa A. 2015. Implementing smallholder carbon projects: building local institutional capacity through participatory action research. Research Brief. Washington DC: Ecoagriculture Partners.
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Two smallholder agricultural carbon projects in East Africa engaged in a participatory action research process to identify ways local actors could take on larger management roles within the projects. Key lessons from this process were: * Community-based intermediaries can play a leading role in land- management trainings and supportive roles in carbon measurement and marketing. * Local government participation is critical to project success. * Local NGOs and private-sector actors can play central roles in training, providing agricultural inputs and linking farmers to markets. * Standardized training and curricula are important for scaling up. * Women’s roles in projects can grow if project benefits are aligned with their needs and trainings are made more accessible. * Agricultural benefits are more important than carbon payments for participating farmers. * Strengthened local and national policies in support of sustainable agricultural land management are needed to scale up project benefits.