NORAD Approves Grant to COMACO for Carbon Sequestration Sampling

The Norwegian Aid Agency, NORAD, through its Lusaka office has approved a grant to COMACO, the conservation agriculture cooperative affiliated with the Wildlife Conservation Society of New York, to sample carbon sequestration in the deep soil profile below Gliricidia-based agroforestry systems applied by COMACO's farmers. C-Quest Capital (CQC) instigated and developed the research proposal to determine whether the amounts of soil organic carbon sequestered to 3 metres in such systems are in line with ICRAF research results and would make a material difference to farmer income and commercial viability of Gliricidia-maize intercropping systems. CQC will manage the research contract for COMACO, hiring Brinkman Associates for the field analysis and work with them to determine the optimal approach to adjustment of existing soil carbon methodologies to enable the capture and trade of the sequestered carbon. This research is part of the preparation for a World Bank BioCarbon Fund supported COMACO Landscape Management REDD+ project. Fieldwork for this research project is expected to be undertaken in November.