Benefit for farmers

Smallholder farmers benefit from agroforestry in a number of ways. There is a direct positive impact on income level and income stability; agroforestry brings along a new diversified revenue stream in the form of fruits or nuts from the new trees. Farming yields across the board benefit from the positive impact of agroforestry on the quality of the soil; enhanced soil fertility and biodiversity, improved soil water holding capacity, stronger nutrient cycling, as well an improved micro climate; lower air temperature, less solar radiation and less impact of wind speed.

Smallholder farmers are present everywhere and represent large shares of agricultural land in continents like Sub-Saharan Africa and East Asia and Pacific. In Sub-Saharan Africa seventy-one percent of countries have committed to using agroforestry for climate change adaptation and/or mitigation in the plans they submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Figure: Average distribution of farms and farmland area by land size class

Figure: Average distribution of farms and farmland area by land size class

Contact

Interested in submitting a project (idea)? Contact us: fm.global.agroforestry@rabobank.com.

Criteria

  • You are a farmer, intermediary/cooperative/trader
  • The agroforestry project has not yet started or started within the last 5 years
  • Farmers have not yet monetized their carbon credits
  • Field coordinates / polygons coordinates are or can be recorded
  • Farmers/plots have less than 5 hectares
  • Land has not been deforested in the previous 5 years