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Current Projects

Kajiado Rangelands Project

CarbonSolve and Soils for the Future Africa have launched a 1.5 million hectare soil carbon project in the Kajiado District of Kenya’s southern rangelands region. The goal of CarbonSolve’s Kenya investment in the Kajiado District is to advance rangeland carbon projects and create a sustainable financing mechanism that will support decades of rangeland restoration efforts for priority project areas. 

 

The Kajiado Rangelands Carbon Project (KRCP) is operated and managed by SftFA and is supported by CarbonSolve, a US-based Carbon Project Developer that includes Mark Ritchie as a co-owner, and will build from the financial and administrative systems of the Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI), a 501c(3) non-profit conservation organization based in the U.S. In this way, CarbonSolve will help develop the capacity of for-profit companies in Africa to meet the highest Environment, Social, and Governance (ESG) standards.

News and Updates

July
2024

Eselenkei Group Ranch Bursary Day through Soils for the Future Africa

April 
2024

Year Two of Biodiversity Surveys is Underway 

Staff from Soils for the Future Africa, the Biodiversity Research Institute and local taxonomic experts are starting the second year of conducting biodiversity surveys for the Kajiado Rangelands Carbon Project (KRCP) in Southern Kenya. This year, more staff have been added with greater expertise on vegetation, dung beetle, and grasshopper identification – three key indicators of this project that focus on making changes in livestock grazing management practices to remove carbon from the air and put it in the soil.

December 2023

Soils for the Future Africa featured in Newsweek

A new Newsweek article, “Storing Carbon in Kenya’s Soil Could Help Herders and Save the Planet” details the ongoing work of Soils for the Future Africa and it's partner CarbonSolve to implement a 10 year soil carbon pilot project. The project has already succeeded in sequestering 8.5 million tons of carbon dioxide over eight years—roughly the equivalent of the annual emissions of more than 1.8 million cars in the U.S. Read the article here.

August 2023

Letter of No Objection Signed 

The Soils for the Future Africa team has received the official Letter of No-Objection from the Ministry of the Environment, Climate Change, and Forestry in Kenya as well as a Letter of No-Objection from Kajiado County (which hosts the project). These letters signify that the County and National Government support the Kajiado Rangelands carbon project – an important step that continues to move the project forward. This support comes after a successful Olgulului Group Ranch Annual General Meeting in late July that helped to reinforce and broaden local awareness of the carbon project and why it is important to this pastoral Maasai community.

July 2023

Olgulului Group Ranch Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Progress was made during the Olgulului Group Ranch Annual General Meeting (AGM) on July 21st, 2023 to accelerate carbon projects in Kajiado County in southern Kenya. Soils for the Future Africa, a partner of CarbonSolve, Soils for the Future (US), and the Biodiversity Research Institute, signed an agreement with the Olgulului Group Ranch for the development of a soil carbon project that will focus on altering grazing practices that will remove carbon from the air and increase it in the soil.  Two important documents were signed, one that transfers carbon rights from the Olgulului Conservation and Development Company to Soils for the Future Africa, and another that defines the Benefit Sharing Agreement related to carbon revenues. This public meeting helped to reinforce and broaden local awareness of the carbon project and why it is important to this pastoral Maasai community.

February 2023

Thirteen New Grazing Coordinators Hired for Kajiado Rangelands Project

The Kajiado Rangeland Project continues to develop with the addition of new equipment and 13 new grazing coordinators,  two grazing coordinator supervisors, and a new accountant. These grazing coordinators are from different group ranches, and they are the community face of the carbon project. The coordinators have extensive knowledge of grazing practices and boundaries and can work directly with different community members, build trust and relationships, and generate excitement for a project requiring extensive community participation. ​ The addition of motorcycles and an updated office will help them work more efficiently as the project ramps up. 

July 2022

Kajiado Office and Headquarters Up and Running!

The new office to support the Kajiado Rangeland Carbon Project team is complete.  This office provides a much-needed workspace as the project develops and is equipped with computers, a printer, tables and chairs.

Centrally located in the center of the Kajiado project area, this space allows for comfortable meetings, project-related discussions, and continued grazing management training.  

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