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Meet A Farmer: Sinoliyamu Banda

May 5th, 2015

Sinoliyamu Banda

Community: Sambani, Malawi
Year joined: 2008
Number of trees planted: 900 trees in 27×100-meter segments of boundary plantings
Carbon benefit created by Sinoliyamu: 212 tonnes of CO2
Earnings to date: $660
Total expected earnings: $1,100 (over 10 years, based on successful maintenance of plantings)

Sinoliyamu Banda wanted to have easy access to firewood, poles and herbs. In order to make his dream a reality, he joined Trees of Hope after hearing about the agroforestry project through a friend. Sinoliyamu says, “I did not only manage to have firewood close to my home. I also managed to make some money and buy 32 iron sheets for my house and other structures in my compound. This project has helped me to provide for my family. I am right now paying school fees for my brothers.” The trees Sinoliyamu planted have improved the ecosystem around his home as well. He notes that the air is cooler. “I am planning to plant more trees since I now know how important trees are to humans.”

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Meet A Farmer: Frank & Anastazia Solomon

February 13th, 2015

Anastazia Solomon

Community: Mkokamwendo village, Dowa district, Malawi
Year joined: 2008
Number of trees planted: 467 trees over 1 hectare of dispersed inter-planting and 8 100-meter segments of boundary plantings.
Carbon benefit created by Anastazia & Frank: 193 tonnes of CO2
Earnings to date: $360
Total expected earnings: $600 (over 10 years, based on successful maintenance of plantings)

Frank Solomon and his wife Anastazia Solomon are from Mkokamwendo village in Dowa and have a family of 8. They were motivated to join Trees of Hope Project after listening to a radio message on how climate change is affecting farmers in Malawi. After joining the Trees of Hope Project, the couple was able to not only manage and sufficiently provide for their household, but also improve the environment. Frank and Anastazia received money from their Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) agreement in 2013 used the money to buy pigs. Under the PES agreement, their tree-based land use systems sequestered carbon that was sold as credits on the Markit Registry for managing global carbon credits. They are hoping to increase their pig farming and expand their tree planting projects to sequester more carbon so that he can continue to pay for their children’s school fees and make improvements on their home.

Learn more about the Clinton Development Initiative’s Trees of Hope Project at Create income for farming families like the Solomons by calculating and offsetting your CO2 emissions here.

Meet A Farmer: Fyson Mphanda

August 14th, 2014

Fyson Mphanda

Community: Kayeka village, Dowa district, Malawi
Vintage(s) planted: 2010
Number of trees planted: Approximately 600 trees: 400 trees for 2 hectares of dispersed inter-planting and 200 trees for 6 100-meter segmenets of boundary plantings.
Carbon benefit created by Fyson: 193 tonnes of CO2
Earnings to date: $507
Total expected earnings: $845 (over 10 years, based on successful maintenance of plantings)

In 2008, Fyson Mphanda joined the Clinton Development Initiative’s Trees of Hope Project in order to protect his land from climate change and improve his 6-member family’s access to forest resources such as firewood. Since 2008, Fyson has planted 600 meters of trees in boundary planting and two hectares of dispersed systematic inter-planting (DSI), which will absorb more than 190 tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere. Boundary planting, used by producers’ farms to define field boundaries, has many benefits, including the preservation of biodiversity, the conservation of soil, and the protection of fenced area from livestock and wind damage. DSI is a system of inter-planting trees with arable crops to improve soil fertility over time, but its short term benefits include the provision of firewood, timber, traditional medicine, and increased crop yields.

Fyson has used the supplemental income from carbon credit sales to purchase a cow for his family. The manure from the cow is used as an agricultural input, an ox-drawn cart facilitates transportation, and hiring his cow to others in his community further increases his income. In addition, the trees that he had planted provide him and his family with firewood and timber, so his wife no longer needs to walk long distances to collect them. Fyson says that through the Trees of Hope project, he has been able to increase his knowledge based around the benefits of forestry systems and practice better management of nurseries and tree-based land use systems.

Learn more about the Clinton Development Initiative’s Trees of Hope Project at Create income for farmers like Fyson Mphanda by calculating and offsetting your CO2 emissions here.

Malawi Trees of Hope Project Updates

April 26th, 2014

COTAP partner the Clinton Foundation recently published a new blog post titled “How Farmers Are Benefiting From Carbon Credits in Nine Photos” about their Trees of Hope project in Malawi. Check it out!

Below is one of their photos showing farmers with their newly-issued bankcards. The Trees of Hope project not only creates earnings for farmers, but also facilitates access to financial services.

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The Clinton Foundation Partners with COTAP

October 22nd, 2012

See this press release on PRWeb at

Individuals and organizations can now take action on climate change while empowering Malawian smallholder farmers.

Oakland, CA – October 22, 2012 – Carbon Offsets To Alleviate Poverty ( today announced its partnership with the William J. Clinton Foundation, adding the Clinton Development Initiative’s (CDI) Trees of Hope project in Malawi as the fourth project to its growing portfolio of certified forestry carbon projects.  Through COTAP, individuals and organizations in the U.S. and around the world will now be able to offset their carbon emissions while also creating life-changing income for smallholder Malawian farmers.

“We’re pleased to welcome COTAP as our first U.S.-based partner for the Trees of Hope project, which is helping rural communities in Malawi generate incomes, address environmental challenges and sequester carbon emissions,” said Walker Morris, Director of the Clinton Development Initiative.  “COTAP has a proven and longstanding commitment to poverty-alleviating carbon projects, they’re very transparent and modest about their margins, and they place the tool of carbon offsets at the fingertips of individuals as a tax-deductible donation and in increments as small as 1 tonne.”

“COTAP is thrilled to partner with the William J. Clinton Foundation,” said Tim Whitley, COTAP’s Founder and CEO. “When individuals offset their carbon footprint through projects like CDI’s Trees of Hope, they’re not only taking action on their unavoidable, personal contribution to climate change, but they’re also addressing challenges like food security and education because many farmers include income-generating crop trees in their plantings and use their carbon finance earnings to pay for their children’s schooling fees.  COTAP was founded to connect more individuals and organizations in developed countries with this far-reaching, multi-faceted, and long-lasting philanthropic transaction.”

Launched in 2007, the Trees of Hope project has grown to 200 community groups and spans an area of over 488 hectares.  Since the program’s inception, more than 2,000 smallholder farmers have already planted over 2 million hardwood, mango, and citrus trees which are projected to sequester 200,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide.  The project is located in the rural Neno and Dowa districts, which have suffered from land and soil degradation historically brought about by deforestation and poor land management practices.  Malawi, in sub-Saharan East Africa, is amongst the poorest countries in the world, ranked 171th of 187 countries in the United Nations Development Programme’s 2011 Human Development Index, and annual Malawi per-capita income is an estimated $330.

When fully funded, the project has the potential to generate approximately 10 million planted trees and up to 1 million tonnes of long-term carbon dioxide sequestration over the next decade.  Because COTAP passes 90.9% of offset funds to the project, and because CDI sets aside 55% of carbon revenues for farmer payments, the partnership can generate as much as $4.95 million in earnings for participating farmers.

CDI’s Trees of Hope project is the fourth addition to COTAP’s portfolio, joining Montreal-based Taking Root’s project in Nicaragua, Kampala-based Ecotrust’s Trees for Global Benefits project in Uganda, and London-based Envirotrade’s Sofala project in Mozambique.  With every COTAP offset transaction, 90.9% of funds goes to projects and, because COTAP is a registered as a IRS 501(c)3 public charity, offset transactions are 100% tax-deductible for individuals residing in the U.S.

All of COTAP’s current portfolio projects are registered under the Edinburgh, Scotland-based Plan Vivo carbon accounting standard.  With roots stretching back to a research project in Chiapas, Mexico in 1994, Plan Vivo is the longest-standing and most established forestry carbon accounting standard in the world.  Plan Vivo is also the only carbon accounting standard which always requires projects to have detailed plans for direct payments to smallholders and community groups.  Plan Vivo-accredited projects are projected to sequester over 1.3 million tonnes of carbon dioxide.

COTAP and the Plan Vivo system enable individuals and organizations to pay rural farmers for planting and maintaining trees on under-utilized portions of their land which will result in the long-term sequestration of carbon dioxide.  Plantings and tree growth are third-party-verified and farmers are paid over time as their plantings are successfully managed according to their project plan.  Farmers’ earnings from carbon credits are front-loaded and paid over a period of 7 to 10 years for carbon sequestration which is projected to take place over the course of 25 or more years.  In addition to carbon earnings, farmers also benefit from cash crops from their trees, improved food and fuel security, improved soil quality, and reduced soil erosion.

COTAP’s dual mission, crowdfunding model, and tax-deductible status, together with Plan Vivo’s reach, accountability, and transparency, forms a new category of microfinance and a new category of high-performance philanthropy while doubling the number of reasons for individuals and organizations to take action on climate change.


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William J. Clinton Foundation
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About Carbon Offsets To Alleviate Poverty (COTAP)

Launched in 2011, Carbon Offsets To Alleviate Poverty (COTAP) empowers individuals and organizations to address both climate change and global poverty by connecting their carbon emissions with accredited carbon projects which create life-changing income streams for the world’s poorest people.  Individuals from all over the United States – as well as from places like Hong Kong, South Africa, and Morocco – are transforming their carbon emissions into wages in Malawi, Mozambique, Uganda, and Nicaragua through COTAP.  Based in Oakland, CA in the U.S., COTAP is a registered IRS 501(c)3 public charity, and all of its projects are registered under the voluntary Plan Vivo standard, which is dedicated to generating not only verified emissions reductions, but also transparent and accountable income streams for the poor.  COTAP’s initial project portfolio is poised to generate over $1 million in payments to farmers who live on less than $2 per day.

About the William J. Clinton Foundation

Building on a lifetime of public service, President Bill Clinton established the William J. Clinton Foundation with the mission to improve global health, strengthen economies, promote healthier childhoods, and protect the environment by fostering partnerships among governments, businesses, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and private citizens to turn good intentions into measurable results. Since 2001, President Clinton’s vision and leadership have resulted in more than 4.5 million people benefiting from lifesaving HIV/AIDS treatment; more than 15,000 U.S. schools building healthier learning environments; more than 26,000 micro-entrepreneurs, small business owners, and smallholder farmers improving their livelihoods and communities; and more than 2 million tons of greenhouse gases cut or abated in some of the world’s largest cities. And President Clinton has redefined the way we think about giving and philanthropy through his Clinton Global Initiative (CGI).  To date CGI members have made nearly 2,300 commitments that have already improved the lives of more than 400 million people in more than 180 countries.  When fully funded and implemented, these commitments will be valued at $73.1 billion.

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