Seed fund
USD 30.000
Counterpart Amount:
USD 50.000
Execution time
12 Months
Total Amount:
USD 80.000
Participating countries:
Uruguay Uruguay Argentina Argentina Chile Chile Costa Rica Costa Rica
Funding source:
FONTAGRO Amount 38% Other agencies 0% Counterpart Amount 63%

Executive Summary

Several global initiatives indicate that carbon sequestration (C) in soil organic matter dedicated to agriculture is a viable option for mitigating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and increasing climate change resilience. The '4 per mille Soils for Food Security and Climate' initiative launched at COP21 is aimed at increasing the global stock of C in the the top 40 cm of soils at a rate of 4 per 1000 (0.4%) per year. The potential for C sequestration in agro-ecosystems of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) could represent an enormous contribution to this global effort. However, such potential and the real possibilities of achieving it have not been quantified.

The objective of this seed fund was to create a platform for the intensification of agricultural production systems based on innovative carbon sequestration strategies.

The technological solution


(a) the potential level of organic C achievable by the different soils and climates of the region,

(b) estimate how far current production systems are from that potential,

(c) establish management and land use strategies that allow us to approach potential levels at rates compatible with the '4 per mille' objective, and

(d) corroborate that such options imply greater economic benefits in the short and medium term for producers.


  • Compilation of the status of carbon sequestration strategies in agricultural intensification systems at international, regional and national levels.
  • Report of the regional workshop


Scientists of the participating countries

Sustainable Development Goals

Climate action Partnerships for the goals

Main donors

Participating Organizations

  • Instituto Nacional de Investigación Agropecuaria (INIA) - Uruguay
  • Instituto de Investigaciones Agropecuarias (INIA) - Chile
  • Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Agropecuaria (INTA) - Argentina
  • Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza (CATIE) - Costa Rica

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Financing by country (in USD)
FONTAGRO Amount Other agencies Counterpart Amount
With the support of
Fondo Coreano de Alianza para el Conocimiento en Tecnología e Innovación (KPK)