In the recent times, the world has experienced unpredictable weather patterns which have worsened food security especially in the developing world. Farmers are unable to plan well since weather patterns as they have known them have been greatly disrupted. Here in Meru and of course other parts of the country have witnessed famine in a magnitude that has never been seen in several decades.
Meru region, known to be one of the country’s food producers due to favorable climatic conditions has of late fallen into the category of counties that require government relief to save lives that are at brink of death due to prolonged drought and famine.
Two months ago, we were shocked to see wildlife dying in numbers in the Buuri region of Meru due to lack of water and pastures. That’s why as a country we need to rethink our strategy to environment conservation and climate change.
One of the methods that could be a game changer in ensuring that we address the issue of climate change is carbon credits.
The Carbon credits, are purchasable units to balance out the carbon emitted with credits purchased from initiatives that actively reduce greenhouse gas emissions by avoiding, reducing, sequestering or removing carbon from the atmosphere.
Buyers who purchase carbon credits can claim a measurable, verified quantity of emission reductions. Each time a project verifies they have reduced, avoided, or destroyed one metric tonne of green house gas, one carbon credit is created.
The goal of this program is to achieve Climate Neutrality, which is emitting less and absorbing more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to reduce global climate change.
For instance the eAgronom is Rewarding sustainable farmers through helping them generate additional revenue streams, improve soil quality, and access better financing. They are financing high quality carbon sequestration projects such as Afforestation & Reforestation. This involves planting of trees in new places and replant deforested acreage.
Therefore Carbon credits are generated after Farmers participate in community forestation. Also Crops that carbon credit organizations are focusing on are maize, legumes, wheat, sorghum etc.
Carbon Farming enhances healthy soils, production of healthier food, Reduced use of chemicals and pollution.
This is an excellent opportunity to future-proof your farm and receive yearly payments to support your transition costs to become a sustainable farmer.
The program which has been running in various countries has Meru farmers too. It is the only carbon project of its kind, a grassroots movement consisting of tens of thousands of volunteer farmers who are paid for the results they produce.