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Effects of Agroforestry and Other Sustainable Practices in the Kenya Agricultural Carbon Project (KACP)

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Department of Crop Production Ecology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), P.O. Box 7043, SE-75007 Uppsala, Sweden
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Vi Agroforestry, P.O. Box 2006, Kitale 30200, Kenya
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Department of Ecology, SLU, P.O. Box 7044, SE-75007 Uppsala, Sweden
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Department of Soil and Environment, SLU, P.O. Box 234, SE-53223 Skara, Sweden
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World Agroforestry (ICRAF), UN Avenue, P.O. Box 30677-00100 Nairobi, Kenya
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Land 2020, 9(10), 389; https://doi.org/10.3390/land9100389
Received: 22 September 2020 / Revised: 9 October 2020 / Accepted: 9 October 2020 / Published: 13 October 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Agroforestry-Based Ecosystem Services)
With growing global demand for food, unsustainable farming practices and large greenhouse gas emissions, farming systems need to sequester more carbon than they emit, while also increasing productivity and food production. The Kenya Agricultural Carbon Project (KACP) recruited farmer groups committed to more Sustainable Agricultural Land Management (SALM) practices and provided these groups with initial advisory services on SALM, farm enterprise development and village savings and loan associations. Recommended SALM practices included agroforestry, cover crops, mulching, composting manure, terracing, reduced tillage and water harvesting. The effects of the KACP on the uptake of SALM practices, maize yield, perceived food self-sufficiency and savings during the initial four years were assessed comparing control and project farmers using interviews, field visits and measurements. Farmers participating in the KACP seemed to have increased uptake of most SALM practices and decreased the use of practices to be avoided under the KACP recommendations. Agroforestry and terraces showed positive effects on maize yield. During all four years, the KACP farms had higher maize yield than control farms, but yield differences were similar in 2009 and 2012 and there was no overall significant effect of the KACP. In 2012, the KACP farms had higher food self-sufficiency and tended to have higher monetary savings than control farms. View Full-Text
Keywords: adaptation; carbon sequestration; Kisumu; Bungoma; payment for ecosystem services; village savings and loan associations adaptation; carbon sequestration; Kisumu; Bungoma; payment for ecosystem services; village savings and loan associations
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Nyberg, Y.; Musee, C.; Wachiye, E.; Jonsson, M.; Wetterlind, J.; Öborn, I. Effects of Agroforestry and Other Sustainable Practices in the Kenya Agricultural Carbon Project (KACP). Land 2020, 9, 389. https://doi.org/10.3390/land9100389

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Nyberg Y, Musee C, Wachiye E, Jonsson M, Wetterlind J, Öborn I. Effects of Agroforestry and Other Sustainable Practices in the Kenya Agricultural Carbon Project (KACP). Land. 2020; 9(10):389. https://doi.org/10.3390/land9100389

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Nyberg, Ylva; Musee, Caroline; Wachiye, Emmanuel; Jonsson, Mattias; Wetterlind, Johanna; Öborn, Ingrid. 2020. "Effects of Agroforestry and Other Sustainable Practices in the Kenya Agricultural Carbon Project (KACP)" Land 9, no. 10: 389. https://doi.org/10.3390/land9100389

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