This project is carried out in the Araku Valley, located in the Andhra Pradesh (eastern India), which has an altitude of 1200 meters and receives an average annual rainfall of 1300 mm. This area was severely deforested when India was a British colony, which generated erosion, soil degradation, and poverty. The local Adivasi tribes, considered among the most disadvantaged in India, are heavily dependent on these forests for their sustenance. Post-colonial regulations further exacerbate the plight of the Adivasi- they have lost their sense of shared custodianship of the forest and consequently, their livelihoods are challenged. This project will benefit 250 marginalized villages.
The Naandi Foundation, an Indian organization, has supported Adivasi farmers in the area for more than a decade. To help increase the daily revenues of the local farmers, the Naandi Foundation organized them into the “Small and Marginal Tribal Farmers’ Cooperative.” The Foundation then intervened to help local coffee farmers with their marketing strategy and to help improve their access to market. Today, all coffee exported internationally under Naandi’s label “Araku” is certified as “organic” and “fair trade”, which significantly increases the income of the local coffee farmers.
The social and environmental impact
Livelihoods is partnering with the Naandi Foundation in an ambitious agroforestry project that will plant 3 million fruit trees over 6,000 hectares, which will provide shade for 3 million coffee plants. This multi-functional forest will sequester 1.3 million tonnes of TeqCO2 over the project’s lifespan of 20 years. All of the plantations, as well as any crops produced, will belong to the local farmers. This project will positively impact 10,000 local small coffee producers by increasing their crop yields.
Validation level of the project
This project has been verified prior to its registration with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the United Nations body responsible for validating carbon projects. The PDD (Project Design Document) was established by UNIQUE consultants and validated by Ernst & Young as the DOE in August 2011. The final report was validated by the Indian authorities (CDMA) for LoA in January 2012. This project will be validated under VCS (Voluntary Carbon Standards) in 2014.