The goal of this project is to determine if dryland smallholders in the developing world can increase soil organic carbon, and hence soil fertility, by adopting CAPS. This may also lead to payments under carbon trading schemes. Soil carbon pools are examined before and after imposing CAPS in the 13 countries where the LTRAs are being carried out.
1. Quantify SOC in host country project sites before and after CAPS implementation 2. Identify CAPS cropping systems or biophysical elements that improve soil fertility 3. Relate increased soil fertility to site-specific socioeconomic environments. We will also facilitate LTRAs and host-country partners to build capacity regarding biophysical data collection from CA plots vs. current practice controls, in order to determine effects on production and the ability to produce sufficient biomass to protect the soil and increase SOC.