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Say No to Soil Carbon Markets: Six reasons why soil carbon markets won’t work for smallholders.


This ActionAid International policy brief highlights six reasons why soil carbon markets will not work for smallholders.

  1. There is no soil carbon market currently
  2. If there were a market, it would not provide revenues to Farmers
  3. The system will be biased against smallholders
  4. To sustain finance from an offset market, developed countries need to keep emitting
  5. Soil carbon markets are a distraction from addressing real adaptation needs and mobilizing real funding to support adaptation
  6. Soil carbon markets are a diversion from real obligations of rich countries: to reduce emissions and to provide substantial, stable, predictable, new and additional public finance