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The "4 per 1000" Call for formative assessment of projects 

Every year, the "4 per 1000" International Initiative launchs a call for formative assessment of projects. The objective of this assessment is double:

  • Modality 1 goes to new projects looking for funds to be implemented. In this case the aim is to improve project actions and increase the chances for approval by funders. There will be no commitment from the “4 per 1000” Initiative to ensure funding for the projects.
  • Modality 2 goes to on-going projects looking for "recognition" within the framework of the "4 per 1000" through the STC assessment. In this case the aim is to aid projects, through expert advice, in achieving goals that are in conformity with the aims of the “4 per 1000” Initiative and that methods are in place to monitor progress during project implementation

The procedure is applicable for the implementation of an agricultural practice, for the development or implementation of a project (e.g. soils restoration in a given area) or of a policy proposal. Research projects may be assessed if they include an implementation aspect. This may include project holders (individuals or organizations) from various regions and conditions.

A set of criteria, indicators, methods and units of measurements has been developed by the Scientific and Technical Committee (STC) of the “4 per 1000” Initiative, and approved by the Consortium, to provide guidance to project proposers and formative assessment of projects. The assessment is carried out by the STC of the “4 per 1000” Initiative, with help from external reviewers if required, using this set of indicators.

After completion of the assessment process, the project holders receive a report including the assessment result and recommendations from the STC. A short description of the projects that are in conformity with the aims of the “4 per 1000” Initiative is introduced in the website and receive a final consideration of the assessment for its supporting by appropriate funding from funders compatible with the goal of the Initiative.


Prior to the assessment of a project by the STC, we recommend using tools for the estimation of the carbon balance such as the tools from the Carbon Benefits Project (, or the EX-Ante Carbon balance tool (EX-ACT) by FAO ( These are available free of charge after registration.

Information, consultations and submission

The “4 per 1000” Executive Secretariat is the contact point between the projects holders and the “4 per 1000” Initiative for all general matters related to the call.

Questions concerning the submission of projects and other general questions, as well as the finalized submission file should be sent to the Executive Secretariat at:

Third call for formative assessment of projects

The third call of projects for formative assessment was launched on May 15, 2021 and closed on July 15, 2021. 17 projects were received, 12 of which were complete, and are currently been evaluated by STC members. Project titles and a brief description of each project are described below:

PFA_29_2021_PROJECT TERRITIGI_BURUNDI: Soil protection against climate changes The "TERIGITI" project aims to plant trees in both public and private areas (an area of 25,044 ha) in order to protect the soil against climatic hazards that have a negative impact on soil carbon and food security.

PFA_30_2021_Nursery Demo Farm_MOZAMBIQUE: Namaita Central Food Security Nursery and Demonstration Farm (N.C.F.S.N.D.F.). Main aim is to promote agroecology/agroforestry farms with a cashew orchard at its core.

PFA_31_2021_ARSV_MAURITANIA: Agriculture Régénérative des Sols Vivants. Développer des Modèles Agroécologiques pour le Sahel (ARSV). The objective is to develop sustainable and replicable agroecological models, based on soil regeneration, to achieve food self-sufficiency in desert environments, through four areas of intervention: experimentation, production, training and direct support to local farmers. Final numbers are 1,600 hectares of soil restored, 300,000 tonnes of COS stored, the production of 75,000 tonnes of fodder per year and the creation of almost 1,300 jobs.

PFA_32_2021_ARA-Blé_FRANCE: Projet Pilote Séquestration de Carbone sur la Filiere Blé de MCDONALD’S France : Agriculture Régénératrice, Arbre & Blé (ARA-Blé). This pilot project aims to deploy agroecological practices in France and to support farmers towards more sustainable models.

PFA_33_2021_Stubble Burning _INDIA: Stubble Decomposing and Irrigation Spray System The objective is to use bio-waste decomposer to decompose agriculture biomass (Rice stubble) into organic carbon.

PFA_35_2021_REGAGR _THE NETHERLANDS: Soil Heroes Foundation - Regenerative Agriculture Experience Field. The aim is to prove to farmers that adopting regenerative farming practices will solve their most pressing issues, among which is soil’s water retention capacity.

PFA_36_2021_PROSFA _MALI: Projet d’Appui à la Sauvegarde du Faleme pour le Renforcement de la Résilience de l’Agriculture Face au Changement Climatique (PROSFA). The objective is to contribute to the restoration and safeguarding of natural resources in the inland delta of the River Niger (500 Ha).

PFA_37_2021_RIZ _MALI: Initiatives innovantes en matière d’adaptation aux changements climatiques et d’atténuation de leurs effets dans la zone Mandé. The objectives are the promotion of innovative rice production techniques in order to increase farm productivity, the promotion of market gardening through innovative irrigation methods, the improving the marketing of products, and the improving the supply of agricultural advice for the benefit of producers.

PFA_38_2021_communautés riveraines _MALI: Renforcement de la résilience climatique des communautés riveraines du complexe des réserves de faune de Bougouni-Yanfolila. The aim is to strengthen the resilience of communities living in the Bougouni-Yanfolila wildlife reserve complex through the application of sustainable land and water management practices adapted to soil carbon storage.

PFA_40_2021_HELLERUD _NORWAY: Conventional to Carbon: Updating Hellerud Farm’s Paradigms (C.C.U.H.F.P). The project is the conversion of Hellerud Farm in Skjetten in Norway (30m NE of Oslo) from conventional grain and grass production to regenerative (carbon farming), with a focus on documentation and optimisation of the process to benefit others.

PFA_41_2021_AZURA _MAROCCO: Compostage et valorisation des déchets agricoles dans la région de Souss-Massa à trois finalités: assurer une faible émission de système de production de la tomate dans les fermes AZURA pour adopter une approche d’économie circulaire et réhabiliter l’écosystème arganier (AZURA 4 ADAPTATION ATTENUATION, A4AA). The objective is to compost of annual waste which totals 83,000 tons.

PFA_43_2021_HESOP_MALAWI: Health Soils for Prosperity Project - Malawi(HESOP). The major goal is to conserve and nourish the soil for community prosperity with the following objectives: promote land restoration, sustainable agriculture practices, community based forest practices and capacity building.

Second call for formative assessment of projects

Further to the success of the first call in 2019, the 4p1000 Initiative and the World Agrorestry (ICRAF) launched the second call for formative assessment of projects. This original idea aimed to bring out field projects in the spirit and framework of the objectives of the "4 per 1000" Initiative, projects to be submitted to the STC evaluation. Projects that received a positive appraisal will be offered to major international donors who will be able to grasp them and submit them to their own selection criteria for funding. The call opened on May 15 2020 and closed on July 15, 2020 and 15 projects have been received. Selected projects are

  • PFA_14_2020_Equateur_Réhabilitation de la forêt de Guayraloma. Restauration de la forêt : remplacement de l'eucalyptus par l'agave et le genêt 
  • PFA_20_2020_India_Soil fertility restoration: Integrated soil restoration management ~ 1000ha - Agri-horti-forestal (Wadi) ~ 2700ha
  • PFA_24_2020_Iraq_Planter un million d'arbres : recherche pour le contrôle de la désertification par le boisement en Irak
  • PFA_26_2020_Mexique_Remise en état des sols : restauration des sols et agroforesterie

Guidelines for the call can be downloaded here.

First call for formative assessment of projects

Further to the first call closed in September 2019, 13 projects have been received. The projects have been assessed by the STC members and the summary report of the assessment together with the recommendations to improve the project were sent to the project holders at the end of January 2020. Taking into account the summary report and the recommendations from the assessment of every project, the STC and the Executive Secretary of the “4 per 1000” Initiative consider that the following four projects are in line with the objectives of the “4 per 1000” Initiative and hope that each of these projects will be supported by appropriate funding from funders compatible with the goal of the Initiative. The remaining nine projects received recommendations on how to improve the project in order to be in line with the objectives of the “4 per 1000” Initiative. Selected projects are (details in the final report):

• PFA-01 Feed the Future Resilient Agricultural Markets Activity-Beira Corridor (RAMA-BC)
• PFA- 03 Land for Life
• PFA- 06 Wheat for climate and people (WPC)
• PFA- 07 Soil Restoration and Multifunctionality of degraded forest lanscapes in Ivory Coast (TERRI4SOL)

Upload the final report to know more