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Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities to provide up to $1 billion for pilot projects to strengthen rural America

by Siddhi Ashar, Mar 21
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USDA launched the new Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities opportunities in February this year.  Providing capital to stakeholders such as farmers, ranchers and forest owners for pilot projects working on climate solutions, these pilots can last from one to five years working to increase the resilience of rural America. Focused on land solutions, monitoring and reporting GHGs and expanding market opportunities for a regenerative agriculture sector, some of these include  can cover crops, nutrient management but also enchanced efficiency fertilizers or wetland management and reforestation. The effort builds to strengthen and highlight smaller actors within the system helping localized solutions grow to be scalable solutions.

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The definition of the land here expands to include farming, ranching along with practices to promote planetary health along with human health. The solutions accepted within this program however remain under the bracket of greenhouse emissions lens rather than a holistic approach to biodiversity conservation, water and soil vulnerabilities in various regions. There are still several gaps within the current system in the US but supporting historically underrepresented and first mile stakeholders to address the rising risks of climate change is a positive step towards a diverse and equitable system.



by Siddhi Ashar Spotted 26 signals

With a background in international studies and filmmaking, Siddhi works with the Futures Centre team to creatively push our current imaginaries and create more positive visions of futures rooted in equity. Her works centers around challenging common narratives and working agilely to bring forth more representative ones. Through her role at the Futures Centre, she focuses on the answering the question, how can better climate communication and visioning help stakeholders work together and act intently, empathetically and urgently?

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