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International Development

The challenges of climate-smart agriculture, sustainable development, and the development of financing mechanisms to support sustainable practices are global issues.  Viresco Solutions can leverage our expertise in policy and protocol development, sustainable supply chain development, and scientific expertise in agricultural greenhouse gas emissions to develop sustainable solutions internationally.  Our team can help your organization:

  • Quantify emission reductions from changes in agricultural practices;
  • Access financing for climate related development projects;
  • Monetize emission reductions achieved from switching to climate smart agricultural practices;
  • Design and conduct research on sustainable agriculture practices;
  • Develop innovative projects that achieve emission reductions while simultaneously improving crop productivity and livelihoods;
  • Access new markets by implementing innovative practices; or,
  • Develop an insetting strategy for reducing emissions in your agricultural supply chain.

In November 2016, the Paris Agreement went into force. The Paris Agreement has linked all nations in a common cause against climate change.  Under the Agreement all Parties must submit Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) outlining their emission reduction goals. In developing countries, agriculture is often the largest or one of the largest sources of emissions and therefore it is no surprise that agriculture has featured prominently in developing country NDCs. Our team is well positioned to support developing countries in implementing their NDCs.

Further, our team is prepared to connect our work to the global Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs, to tap into a growing community of practice working to solve the world’s most pressing problems.

Some examples of our work include:

  • Agriculture, Labour and Gender Equity: The Role of Biochar – An International Development Research Centre (IDRC) funded research project on the impacts of biochar production and use on women’s livelihoods in rural Cameroon
  • “Campo Sustentavel” Pilot Program in Tocantins – Technical assistance to a project with Climate Smart Group that will support Integrated Crop, Livestock & Forest Management (ICLF) practices to avoid land-use conversion in Tocantins, Brazil

Agricultural Carbon Markets – Mobilising the Biological Bridge

The following webinar describes Viresco’s work in biological emission reductions in agricultural supply chains, in the international context of meeting the UNFCCC 2 oC target, and achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals. We also describe the innovative methods we use to finance climate smart agricultural projects, and give examples from our ongoing work.

The webinar was originally presented at the “International Conference on Geography and Development 2018”, kindly hosted by Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology – Kumasi, Ghana in collaboration with the Sam Huston State University of Texas, USA and the University of Energy and Natural Resources, Sunyani, Ghana.