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Contact: Seth Shames


International conventions, national policies, donor priorities, and business practices all shape the  structural setting in which ecoagriculture takes place. Without institutional support, our capacity to scale up ecoagriculture is limited. With that in mind, the Policy Program works to influence institutions and policies that affect management of and investment in agriculture, conservation, and rural development, in order to create the conditions needed for ecoagriculture to thrive. We seek to position ecoagriculture as an integrated solution for climate change adaptation and mitigation, food security, and ecosystem restoration.

Our advocacy also targets businesses, markets, and financial institutions. Current market incentives rarely reflect the value that rural producers and communities provide as environmental stewards. In a world where agricultural production models with high social and environmental costs are often viewed as profitable, we are working to build markets that reward producers for the environmental services they provide, thus improving the economic viability of ecoagriculture. 

How we do it

  • providing analytical and strategic input into international and national policy processes
  • influencing key organizations to support, adopt or scale up integrated landscape approaches
  • supporting dialogue between national policy makers and landscape leaders 

Recent work

A new policy brief released May 24th by the CGIAR Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) research program should help national policy makers and others designing carbon credit projects ensure that benefits are distributed fairly and contribute to improved livelihoods among smallholder farmers. EcoAgriculture Partners' policy program manager Seth Shames authored the brief, which is based on CCAFS Report 8, Institutional innovations in African smallholder carbon projects, which Shames co-authored. 


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