Sustaining Agriculture in a Changing Climate: A Carbon Finance project – CCAFS

Sustaining Agriculture in a Changing Climate (SACC) is a carbon finance project that focuses on supporting the adoption of agroforestry practices to increase farm productivity, sequester carbon and build resilience on smallholder farms.

SACC is a partnership between CARE International, the World Agroforestry Centre and the CGIAR Research on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), which is funded by the Rockefeller foundation.

SACC helps farmers adopt sustainable farming methods whilst also ensuring they have the tools and inputs to make optimal use of the land and therefore can produce more. Methods include educating farmers on the benefits of dispersed inter-planting and boundary plantings of trees and developing woodlots and fruit orchards to help farmers diversify livelihoods.

This carbon-focused project is an entry point for broader sustainable agriculture interventions.


The project has an explicit ‘pro-poor’ approach in that it aims to ensure effective participation of poorer, marginalised groups, in particular women. It sets out to, among other things, pinpoint barriers faced by women, such as land and tree tenure, labour, knowledge and leadership and identifies strategies and institutional arrangements that ensure equitable participation and a fair share of benefits.

The project also aims to diversity farmers’ livelihoods by providing the inputs and training necessary to use land in a more efficient and productive way and therefore leading to a higher income for farmers.

Ensuring the agroforestry practices are sustainable is also helping climate mitigation and is helping farmers improve soil fertility.


  • By the end of 2012, farmers adopting one or more agroforestry practices, had reached 1,449 including 871 men and 578 women.
  • Initial findings show that enhanced incomes, access to credit, and more fuelwood are key motivations for both men and women
  • Farmers’ income from tree products alone (fuelwood, poles, timber) during the life of the project is expected to be at least 50 times greater than carbon revenue, which is estimated at only US$77 over 25 years.


CARE SACC Brief: Site: Policy Brief 8: How can small-scale farmers benefit from carbon markets? Case Study: Design Document Final:

Addressing Gender in Climate-Smart Smallholder Agriculture: