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Cuban carbon calculator to mitigate climate change

Researchers are working with Cuban farmers to develop a 'carbon calculator' (© Julia Wright)
Researchers are working with Cuban farmers to develop a 'carbon calculator'
© Julia Wright

To mitigate climate change in food production systems, the Centre for Agroecology and Food Security at Coventry University is working with the Program for Local Agricultural Innovation (PIAL*) to develop and use a 'carbon calculator' with farming communities in two Cuban provinces. "If we are talking about reducing agricultural emissions, it's the people who are managing the land that we need to be working directly with," explains Dr Julia Wright, Deputy Director of the Centre for Agroecology and Food Security. "At the end of the project Cuban producers will have a carbon calculator that they have adapted to their local conditions."

The carbon calculator will be developed to help farmers identify food production 'best practices' that emit low levels of greenhouse gases and/or that capture carbon, and that are resilient to the impacts of climate change. "Being able to see which activities produce more or less emissions will inform farmers' decision-making about how they are managing their land," Wright adds. "In conjuction with our Cuban research colleagues we will also produce a policy recommendation document on changing producer behaviour for climate change, which will provide guidance on the environmental policies that will support best practice in this area in Cuba."

* PIAL - Programa de Innovación Agrícola Local

Date published: December 2011

 

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