WBI E-learning Course Promotes Capacity Building on Sustainable Agricultural Land Management and Soil Carbon Monitoring

15 November 2013. Climate-smart agriculture enhances food security and climate change resilience while mitigating climate change through carbon sequestration. Sustainable agricultural land management (SALM) practices help realize this triple-win. In order to build capacity to apply the new SALM accounting methodology, the World Bank Institute (WBI), working closely with the BioCarbon Fund (BioCF), housed within the Carbon Finance Unit of the World Bank, developed an e-learning course titled Sustainable Agricultural Land Management Projects: Soil Carbon Monitoring to be run from 18 November to 6 December 2013.

The e-course presents how soil carbon is monitored and accounted in an agricultural land management project, how the SALM methodology is applied in Kenya, and how it benefits thousands of smallholder farmers by generating the triple wins mentioned above. It aims to equip learners with basic knowledge and skills in developing and monitoring an agricultural soil carbon project with easy-to-understand course contents and visual learning tools throughout the course.

The course contains 4 modules: 

  • Agriculture Sector’s Potential to Reduce Climate Change Impacts; 
  • SALM: A New Agricultural Carbon Accounting Methodology;
  • Soil Organic Carbon Accounting in Agricultural Projects;
  • The Kenya Case.

The course targets practitioners who work on sustainable land management projects, agriculture development projects, as well as those who are interested in carbon monitoring. The audience may be potential project developers, professionals and extension workers working in government, consultants from private sector, as well as educators and graduate students.

Participants are expected to spend 10 hours in total over three weeks to complete this course. During the e-course, participants can ask questions and interact with experts in this field, and between each other in online facilitated discussion forums. By completing a facilitated course, participants will receive a “Certificate of Completion”. The course is free of charge.

For further information please contact wbicc@worldbank.org or visit: http://einstitute.worldbank.org/ei/course/sustainable-agricultural-land-management-projects-soil-carbon-monitoring.