Enabling Smallholder Farmers to Leverage Carbon Markets at Scale

Hosted by: RTI International

Carbon markets can play a critical role in helping the agriculture sector to reach net-zero while also adapting to the changing climate; but so far, primarily largescale farmers in high-income countries have been able to leverage carbon markets. Low- and middle-income countries account for most global emissions from the agriculture, forestry, and land use sectors, and are dominated by smallholder farming systems. USAID and other donor-supported activities are increasingly connecting smallholder farmers to carbon markets. This session will showcase three examples of where smallholder farmers are combatting climate change with the support of carbon markets and highlight opportunities for scaling within other low- and middle-income countries.


  • Moderator: Razia Baqai, Deputy Division Chief, Economic Growth, Environment, and Agriculture, USAID Bureau for Africa
  • Martin Jansen, Head of Supply Acorn, Rabobank
  • Tracy Slaybaugh-Mitchell, Director, Resilience & Climate Adaptation, RTI International
  • Steven Brunn, Senior Director of Private Sector Engagement, Winrock International