“Climate-Smart Agriculture” reminiscent of Gates ideas

African land and agriculture are being viewed as a sort of last ‘frontier,’ and many schemes are being put forth (largely by non-Africans) to solve big problems by utilizing them; one can clearly see the Gates ideas in this light.

The Durban talks brought forth the idea of “climate-smart agriculture” in Africa, a plan designed to offset carbon emissions by making crops less vulnerable to heat and drought and turning depleted soils into carbon sinks. This,supporters say, can generate carbon credits which can be sold to industrial polluters who want to offset their emissions. However, critics argue that this will marginalize smallholder farmers in Africa by turning their soil into a carbon commodity, from which they will be unable to pocket any income from the sale of the carbon absorbed by their soils.

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