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MSU fights poverty, climate change

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MSU researchers who set out to study the world’s carbon cycle discovered that making smarter crop choices could mean raising the standard of living for some of the world’s poorest farmers and reducing greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change.

By working with farmers, researchers, and government agencies in 10 Asian and African countries, the MSU Carbon2Markets project team is helping integrate high-value perennial tree crops that naturally sequester carbon into the mix of traditional annual crops currently grown using sustainable methods.

Keeping more carbon in the vegetation and soil means less carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, and farmers can earn money from carbon offset credits in global carbon markets as well as from products produced by the crops—like nuts, fruit, and oil.

Boosting farmers’ incomes, in turn, boosts rural economies and national exports. And the environmental benefits are priceless.

Learn more about Carbon2Markets.

Watch a video about the Carbon2Markets project.

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