Exploring potential to link smallholder dairy farmers in Kenya with carbon markets. Andreas Wilkes UNIQUE forestry and landuse GmbH [email protected] The concept. Source: S Fraval presentation at Nairobi workshop, January 2013. Collaborating organizations.
UNIQUE forestry and landuse GmbH
Source: S Fraval presentation at Nairobi workshop, January 2013
FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN): the UN specialized body focused on agriculture. The Animal Production and Health Division's global assessment of GHG mitigation potential in global dairy systems identified synergies between mitigation and productivity gains in smallholder systems as a global dairy sector priority.
ILRI (International Livestock Research Institute): a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research focusing on livestock production for livelihoods in developing Countries. Based in Kenya, ILRI has extensive research on the Kenyan smallholder dairy sector.
Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Government of Kenya: the Dairy Services Division and Climate Change Unit are both directly involved in the project.
Unique forestry and landuse GmbH and Climate Check: consulting companies with extensive experience of research, advisory services and methodology development in the agriculture sector.
Pilot project context Kenya with carbon markets
Location of pilot: North Rift Valley region of Kenya.
Source: FAO unpublished study, 2013
Source: Global Environmental Assessment Model (GLEAM), FAO, 2013
Mean yield by site (Friesian)
*Significant at 10% C.I.
kgCO2e / kg milk
Baseline for grazers
Graze + stall
Baseline for graze + stall
Baseline for zero grazers
May be excluded:
Implies only need to monitor milk yields.
Source: ILRI evaluation report.
Hypothetical estimations: One hub with 4000 households with 2 lactating cows, increasing yield from 1700 l to 2700 l over a 5 year period:
Carbon revenues may be sufficient to fund one extension worker for each hub, thus ensuring continued practice improvement