(EN) No need for carbon market in Africa

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Action Aid a nonprofit organization working in many African countries say there is no need for carbon market for Africa.  Action Aid technical officer on food security Celso Marcatto, said the carbon market is not going to work for a small holder farmer in Africa.
He said the much talked about soil carbon market is going to work against the peasant farmer because much of his money is going to be spent on the process of putting it in place thereby jeopardizing household food security.
Mr. Marcatto also said that the proposed market for carbon price by the western world is nothing but a drop in the ocean, he said according to the calculations, it shows that a small holder farmer will only receive one dollar per hector in a year which will be nothing.
He added that though the practice will help in mitigating climate change, the process of carbon soil is reversible and it is a win lose situation because in times of drought and floods the soil will lose the carbon.
He said it would make sense if the world shifts attention to the many problems faced by Africa such as food security and social justice than talk about carbon market.
He said the western world should first of all reduce carbon emissions and then talk about carbon market later because at the moment it is not in Africa’s interest. He was speaking in an exclusive interview with Flamme d’ Afrique at the peoples summit in Rio de Janeiro Brazil.

 

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