The South African AgriCarbon Programme

Rebuild soils. Reduce costs. Improve yields. Reap rewards.

 

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What is it?

South Africa’s first carbon programme paying farmers for the carbon credits they generate from their sustainable land management practices.

Rotational grazing, cover cropping, reduced tillage, and other practices improves soil quality and the farmer’s bottom line. Now, through our AgriCarbon Programme, increased soil organic carbon and reduced greenhouse gas emissions from these practices can also generate verified carbon offsets, which are purchased by Climate Neutral Group.

Potential Benefits

“A nation that destroys its soil, destroys itself.” Franklin Roosevelt

Storing more carbon in the soil not only benefits a farmer’s bottom line, but also significantly improves water availability and helps fight climate change. Farmers who adopt good soil health practices also build drought resilience, reduce erosion, and minimise nutrient losses.

With assistance from our programme partners we help support soil sampling strategy and design, field and laboratory methodologies, data analysis and quantification of the carbon sequestered in agricultural soils. Additionally, our partners develop highly effective soil health targets and land management strategies with the farmer in order to optimise productivity.

Overall, the SA AgriCarbon Programme is a stewardship solution built with the farmer at the centre. The Programme network brings together the best in climate-smart agriculture and soil health management to drive climate action, food security and support farmers’ livelihoods on earth.

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How it works

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Who should sign up?

Are you interested in building long-term profitability on your farm?
Are you working to sustain and build your operation for the next generation?
Are you considering new practices but want insights & support from experts to ensure success?
Are you building soil?

Are you currently, or thinking of, carrying out any of the following practices on your farm?

  • low/no tillage
  • cover & inter-cropping
  • improved grazing; and
  • using less fertilizer

If so, the AgriCarbon Programme may be a great fit for your farm

Enrollment is now open for 2021 credits, generated from changes made after harvest 2015 and before harvest 2021.

To be eligible for payment under our Programme, you are required to:

  • Farm crops or livestock within the border of the Republic of South Africa
  • Adopt or advance at least one new carbon farming practice: adding cover crops, increasing cover crop diversity or growth period, reducing tillage or fertilizer use, diversifying your rotation
  • Submit all field and management information by required deadlines, beginning with enrolling your field boundaries (on our web platform)
  • Experience an increase in overall carbon sequestered and greenhouse gas emissions reduced on your farm, as determined by Climate Neutral Group or associated partners using your management information

Want to start farming carbon with us?

Fill out this form to get started.

Do you want to know more?
Contact our experts

Gray Maguire

Carbon Project Manager

Gray has worked with the private sector, the State, NGO’s, civil society and academia on climate resilience research and project development in Southern and East Africa for over a decade. His work has ranged from community food, energy and water resilience projects, financial inclusion, ecosystem infrastructure and agro-ecology to climate resilient municipal infrastructure finance and development. Gray believes that the biggest barrier to sustainability is matching projects to finance.

Nyasha Shumbayarerwa

Project Coordinator: Agriculture

Nyasha holds a BSc Degree in Agricultural Engineering and Natural Resource Management from the EARTH University in Costa Rica and currently studying for an MSc Carbon Management degree with The University of Edinburgh. Nyasha has worked with the University of Delaware as a Research Assistant funded by the National Science Foundation of the USA. His research work was focused on using metagenomics to understand soil quality and plant responses to abiotic stress. His passion is in solving environmental problems with science and technology especially within our food systems (from farm to fork).

Nyasha Shumbayarerwa

Project Coordinator: Agriculture

Nyasha holds a BSc Degree in Agricultural Engineering and Natural Resource Management from the EARTH University in Costa Rica and currently studying for an MSc Carbon Management degree with The University of Edinburgh. Nyasha has worked with the University of Delaware as a Research Assistant funded by the National Science Foundation of the USA. His research work was focused on using metagenomics to understand soil quality and plant responses to abiotic stress. His passion is in solving environmental problems with science and technology especially within our food systems (from farm to fork).