Agroforestry in the Araku Valley

Orissa and Andhra Pradesh, India

The project aims to facilitate innovative partnerships among corporates, social enterprises and small farmers. The project activity mobilizes resource-poor farmers to raise tree plantations on farmlands, and proposes to link them to international carbon markets to enhance their livelihood opportunities. In collaboration with the private industry and small farmers, the project intends to deliver additional revenue to the participating farmers from the sale of carbon credits generated from the plantation activity on degraded lands. The project will be expanded by building on the success of CDM projects through scaling up and replication of activities. 1500 farmers will benefit from this program, both economically as well as socially through additional revenue, income generating activities and a multitude of co-benefits. 10000 tCO2 per annum worth of emission reductions to be generated, thereby enhancing the carbon sequestration potential.

10,000 tones of CO2

reducing per annum, thereby enhancing carbon sequestration potential

1500 farmers

To benefit from the program, both economically and socially

Background of Project

The project plans to use afforestation of degraded land as a solution to control soil erosion and water runoff. It will enhance the carbon sequestration potential in degraded lands. The project aims to develop the market linkages and capacity building of various stakeholders. The project develops plantation and agroforestry models which can provide multiple co-benefits to farmers. It also focuses on ecological conservation of the indigenous biodiversity. Additionally, it provides an extra income source through carbon revenue and ensures empowered livelihoods of rural communities in the area.

Orissa and Andhra Pradesh, India

The Project

The project area is spread over a total of six districts in two Indian states namely Orissa and Andhra Pradesh. Rayagada, Koraput and Kalahandi districts in Orissa. The districts in Andhra Pradesh include Visakhapatnam, Srikakulam, and Vizianagaram with pre-dominance of indigenous population, mainly small landholders. The project boundary includes all discrete parcels of lands owned by different farmers in the blocks of the six districts. Best practices guidance, successful technologies and experiences gained from the previous forestry projects have been duly adopted. Current land use is minimal or intermittently used for rain-fed agriculture, and holds potential for expansion of cultivation of millets, cereals, pulses and various other crops given the adequate technological and financial support. The farmers will be divided into Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs) for easy management and monitoring.

The Benefits

The projects provide livelihood upliftment for marginalised farmers by the generation of additional income from carbon credits. Also builds partnerships with national and international research organisation to enhance applicable knowledge of agriculture. The project supports promotion of local financing arrangements for restoration of degraded lands by resource-poor farmers. It promotes gender sensitive strategies and improved regulations on cultural reservation. Additionally, it leads to improved air quality, soil quality, and biodiversity from the afforestation of degraded lands.