Tree Nursery & Carbon Tax Fund
SO THAT OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS CAN LIVE IN DIGNITY Living Water MicroFinance Inc. has an operating micro model in order to deliver a solution for the Carbon Tax Fund.
The Marginalization of the Poor in the Tropics
WHICH MODERN SOCIETY ITSELF HAS CREATED
We envision a world that solves the carbon emission problem by creating the tree nursery concept in Africa.
In the past four years, global prices of staples such as maize and wheat have twice hit record levels, driving hundreds of thousands of the world’s most vulnerable people further towards hunger and poverty.
The 100-year trend of falling food prices may be over and food prices may increase by 30-50 percent within decades, severely impacting on the very poor, who spend up to 90 percent of their income on food.
Domesticate indigenous fruit trees could help provide much-needed vitamins to millions of sub-Saharan Africans. The diversity of forest, fallow and agricultural margin foods can often help provide the range of micro nutrients needed for the human diet.
The trees’ natural habitats are being lost, mainly to widespread deforestation resulting from population growth, the cutting of trees for firewood or charcoal. Due to years of unsustainable farming practices, the soil across much of Africa has been degraded. African farmers only have access to 5% of the level of fertilizer per unit area of land as compared to their East Asian counterparts.
Farmers may see little incentive to intentionally grow indigenous fruits as a crop, because the trees are perceived as taking years to mature. This may be true in the wild, but not always when trees are cultivated.
With just 37% of the land, small farms produced 73% of agricultural output. Small farms are getting smaller because, with population pressure, farmers have to share access to existing land among more people while gaining no access to new land.
Land access for women is specifically part of the Millennium Development Goals. According to FAO, fewer than 2% of landholders worldwide are women. Many men can make decisions about the land on behalf of themselves and their spouses, but women cannot. Another impediment is that in giving credit, governments and banks require women to present some form of authorization from their husbands or fathers: only 10% of agricultural loans go to women.
A fresh approach both to food production and the use of natural resources is needed if we are to avoid the food crises expected to touch every country in the world by the middle of this century. We can reverse the trend by giving small farmers, especially women, the means to feed the world: with intensive/market oriented agriculture on a 1.5 acre piece of land.
The Secret is the AgroForest
Tree Nursery & Carbon Tax Fund
- To absorb carbon dioxide in order to solve the global warming crisis
- To produce more food economically in order to deal with world famine
- To produce fruit, nut and fodder trees that will be used for furniture and not for burning.
- To restore land by planting nitrogen-fixing trees among the fruit, nut and foliage trees
- To develop organic agriculture without using chemical fertilizers or pesticides.
- To provide all requirements of daily vitamin needs.
3. Micro Financing for women farmers financed by the Carbon Tax Fund: Small Farm: 1.5 acre: 500 orchard and foliage trees:
- Carbon Tax Fund Support: $15/tree (brought forward) over the expected lifetime of 50 years. The $15/ton is equivalent to $0.14/US gal.
- The cost of a HUG Irrigation System: $7,000,000
- 14,000 acres to support 9,400 farms x 500 x $1.49 (NPV) = $7,000,000
NPV: Net Present Value of a tree is its value over its 50 lifetime of absorbing CO2 emissions at the rate of 1.5 tons/tree.
Please Note: another calculation of NPV of fruit trees living for 25 years = $0.49/tree plus $1.00/tree for maintenance: $1.49/tree. (Fruit trees are productive for 25 years and then are replaced.)
The $0.49/tree is based on $15/ton of carbon dioxide emissions. Alberta will levy a $20/ton in 2017 and increase this to $30/ton in 2018. That means the new NPV will be $0.66/tree & $0.99/tree respectively for a total of $1.66/tree and $1.99/tree.
4. Training with Field Officers and Agronomists
5. Market facilitation with HUG electricity for cold storage of produce Continue reading Carbon Tax Fund & Tree Nursery 2