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Carbon Sequestration: Pathway to Increased Agricultural Productivity and Zero Hunger for Developing Countries

  • Richard N. OnwongaEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-69626-3_60-2

Definition

Carbon sequestration (CS) is the process by which atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) is removed from the atmosphere and stored in the ocean, on land surface, or in geological formations and is reported as a rate of carbon (C) storage in units of mass per time such as teragrams (Tg = 1 × 1012) C/year (Sundquist et al. 2008).

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Introduction

The world’s population is projected to hit 9 billion by 2050 (Godfray et al. 2010), and an increase of over 50% in agricultural food supply will be required to meet the growing food demand (Mueller et al. 2012; FAO 2013; Paul et al. 2009; FAO 2009). Recent statistics further indicate growth in per capita world food production of 17%, with per capita food consumption averaging at 2780 kcal day−1 (UNEP-UNCTAD 2008). Whereas modern agricultural practices would spectacularly increase productivity, the majority of the chronically hungry are subsistence small farmers in developing...

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  1. 1.Department of Land Resource Management and Agricultural Technology, College of Agriculture and Veterinary SciencesUniversity of NairobiNairobiKenya

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