Overcoming barriers to low carbon agriculture and forest restoration in Brazil: The Rural Sustentável project

Peter Newton, Angelo Gomez, Suhyun Jung, Timothy Kelly, Thiago de Araujo Mendes, Laura Vang Rasmussen, Julio dos Reis, Renato de Aragao Ribeiro Rodrigues, Richard Tipper, Dan van der Horst, Cristy Watkins

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Abstract

The Rural Sustentável project aims to decrease greenhouse gas emissions, reduce poverty, and promote sustainable rural development in the Brazilian Amazon and Atlantic Forest biomes: by restoring deforested and degraded land, and by facilitating and promoting the uptake of low carbon agricultural technologies. The project offers farmers a) access to information, through demonstration units and field days; b) access to technical assistance, through in-person and online training and capacity-building; c) access to rural credit, through collaborative farmer-technician partnerships, and d) financial incentives, in the form of results based financing to successful farmer-technician teams. The project is still in its implementation stage, but the innovative design and theory of change of this project offer insights into possible mechanisms for promoting forest restoration on private lands in the tropics.
Original languageEnglish
JournalWorld Development Perspectives
Volume4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 22 Dec 2016

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