Info Note: ACCESO in Honduras: Mitigation co-benefits of perennial crop expansion, soil management, and livestock improvements
Julie Nash, et al.
This info note provides information on the ACCESO project in Honduras. Included in the info note is information on ACCESO, low emission development, the agricultural and environmental context in Honduras, 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.
ACCESO was a 4-year Feed the Future (FTF) activity that began in 2011 and was implemented by Fintrac Inc. It aimed to increase nutrition and incomes of 30,000 smallholder farmer households by 1) introducing improved production practices; 2) creating market-driven programs to increase production and sales of high-value cash crops; and 3) expanding off-farm microenterprise and employment opportunities.
ACCESO reduced GHG emissions and led to net carbon sequestration due to perennial crop expansion. Increased fertilizer use was a moderate source of emissions that was more than offset by reduced emissions from other ACCESO-supported practices, including improvements in soil, water, and fertilizer management, and in feed and grassland use by dairy cows. Compared to conventional practices, ACCESO supported activities reduced emission intensity for carrots (-106%), cabbages (-99%), maize (-99%), and potatoes (-98%) compared to conventional production methods. Emission intensity increased due to greater fertilizer use for plantain (55%) and coffee (247%).
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