Info Note: Better Life Alliance in Zambia: Climate change mitigation as a co-benefit of improved landscape, agroforestry, soil, and fertilizer management
This info note provides information on the Better Life Alliance (BLA) project in Zambia. Included in the info note is information on BLA, low emission development, the agricultural and environmental context in Zambia, agricultural practices that impact greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and carbon sequestration, a summary of projected GHG emission and carbon sequestration co-benefits, GHG emission intensity, and methods for estimating emissions.
BLA was a 4-year project funded by the Feed the Future (FTF) initiative and implemented by Community Markets for Conservation Ltd. (COMACO) in the Luangwa valley in the Eastern Province of Zambia. BLA aimed to achieve poverty reduction, sustainable land management, and improved conservation by linking smallholder farmers to market incentives. This area encompasses communal lands for 63 chiefdoms that surround five national parks and protected forests. BLA focused on improvements to agricultural value chains and market links. BLA provided direct training and capacity building for small-scale farmers to adopt conservation practices. BLA also introduced natural resource management plans that targeted conservation of wildlife habitats to prevent conversion to agriculture.
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