Financing low emissions agriculture

Implementing low emissions agricultural strategies and practices - such as the GreenSeeker being used in this photo - requires accurate cost estimates and sufficient financing. CCAFS found cost data lacking.. Photo: P Vishwanathan (CCAFS)
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As countries increase their commitments to reduce emissions from agriculture as part of the Paris Agreement to limit warming, they need information on the costs of implementation and reporting.

In 2015-2016, CCAFS worked with consultant Rishi Basak and partners, including CGIAR centres and national stakeholders, to begin to estimate the finance needed to support transitions to low emission agriculture in developing countries.  Together, they:

  • Identified opportunities and actors in climate finance for agriculture
  • Analyzed costs and benefits for leading farm-level low emissions agriculture practices in paddy rice and nitrogen managment in cereal production.
  • Identified and analyzed costs for national infrastructures needed to support monitoring, reporting and verification. 

Publications 

Basak R. 2016. Benefits and costs of climate change mitigation technologies in paddy rice: Focus on Bangladesh and Vietnam. CCAFS Working Paper no. 160. Copenhagen, Denmark: CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).

Basak R. 2016. Benefits and costs of nitrogen fertilizer management for climate change mitigation: Focus on India and Mexico. CCAFS Working Paper no. 161. Copenhagen, Denmark: CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).

Basak R. 2015. Directory of finance sources for climate change mitigation in agriculture. Copenhagen, Denmark: CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).

Basak R. 2016. Monitoring, reporting, and verification requirements and implementation costs for climate change mitigation activities: Focus on Bangladesh, India, Mexico, and Vietnam. CCAFS Working Paper no. 162. Copenhagen, Denmark: CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).

Presentations

Basa, R. 2016. Building the Business Case for Low-Emission Agriculture - Alternate Wetting and Drying as a Case Example. Presentation at Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture Annual Forum.  June 16, 2016. 

Summary of findings

Basak R, White J. 2016. How much will climate change mitigation in agriculture cost? CCAFS blog: June 16, 2016.

Further information

Julianna White: julianna.m.white@uvm.edu