Turning the zero-sum game of climate change into a win-win situation: co-benefits for a co-future

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More biodiversity

Purposefully increasing biomass is essential to continue afforestation, and to prevent (further) desertification. Variety is more than the spice of life: it's the prerequisite of it. Different plants attract and nurture different wildlife, from friendly pollinators to endangered species. Our ecosystem evolved to be rich, and thrives through differentiation. That's as true for acacias and mango trees as it is for wheat and maize. It’s just one of the ways Acorn contributes to a variety of the Sustainable Development Goals (or SDGs) defined by the United Nations, with every project.

Improved soil quality

Fostering biodiversity and nurturing plant life that supports crops rather than compete with them: when you combine local expertise with hard work and dedication, even the ground itself gets better. A variety of plants ensures a variety of nutrients in the soil and prevents soil erosion and exhaustion. Which in turn leads to healthier crops and, eventually, bigger crop yields.

Farmers in charge

Smallholder farmers are often disenfranchised in the global marketplace. They might not always own their land, sometimes need to rely on family labor, can lack legislative protection, and are more vulnerable to unforeseen changes and increasingly harsh weather conditions. That's why we want to hand them the reins. To take lasting and indisputable action against climate change. To grow their business without risking their family's livelihoods. To be in control, like every farmer since the very beginning. And to secure additional income through access to the carbon credit market—something Acorn makes possible for smallholder farmers specifically. All while we ensure that at least 80% of the money Acorn makes by selling CRUs flows back to the farmer.

Good begets great

By providing financial incentives to farmers, we make agroforestry less of a risk for farmers who can't gamble with their bread and butter. But that monetary boost ripples out even further. More disposable income makes it possible for smallholder farmers to engage with sustainability in other ways, too: more efficient irrigation, solar power, more independence from fossil fuels. But it also frees up time, which can be spent on education, community improvement, and so on. It goes further than preserving our planet: it's about making it worth living on.

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