Michigan State University is a world leader in using environmental research aimed at fighting poverty and slowing climate change.
Called Carbon2Markets, the research encompasses many collaborative projects with researchers and farmers in Thailand, Laos and other Asian and African countries to incorporate new crops such as jatropha trees into farming operations. Each project is tailored to fit the agricultural, environmental and economic needs of the region.
The research has two main goals:
“We have an exciting opportunity to leverage the growing carbon financial market in the United States and Europe to assist poor farmers in developing countries,” said David Skole, professor of forestry and leader of the Carbon2Markets projects.
The work illustrates how MSU is using environmental research to lead the world to a better, healthier tomorrow – both economically and environmentally – truly embodying the university's transformation from land-grant to world-grant.
This report documents five of the projects in Thailand and Laos.
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