Subsidies Examples: Improved Land Management, Soil Carbon Content, and Efficient Farming Practices

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Subsidies are used to promote a variety of agricultural policies, including improved crop and grazing land management, restoration of drained soils and damaged lands, and improved livestock management. While current technology can be implemented immediately, the efficacy of mitigation measures in the future depends on the development of new technologies.

 

Globally, little progress has been made in the implementation of mitigation measures in agriculture. Recent studies have shown that actual levels of GHG mitigation are significantly below the technological potential for these measures. Barriers to implementation are more likely to be overcome with economic incentives to promote the diffusion of innovative technologies.

 

Agricultural subsidies that reduce GHG emissions are often adopted for purposes other than GHG mitigation. For example, subsidies to improve land management and crop productivity can improve regional food security. This synergy between sustainable development and reducing vulnerability to climate change can encourage countries to adopt agricultural subsidies.