Mitigation Options Tool for agriculture

The CCAFS-MOT tool ranks mitigation potential of over 34 crop and livestock management practices, including geographic distinctions. Easy-to-use and free, CCAFS-MOT makes science-informed decisions widely available.
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The CCAFS Mitigation Options Tool (CCAFS-MOT) estimates greenhouse gas emissions from multiple crop and livestock management practices in different geographic regions, providing policy-makers across the globe access to reliable information needed to make science-informed decisions about emissions reductions from agriculture.

Several GHG calculators now available calculate emissions from either single crops or whole farms. Unlike these agricultural calculators, CCAFS-MOT:

  • Ranks the most effective mitigation options for 34 different crops according to mitigation potential and in relation to current management practices and spatially-linked climate and soil characteristics.
  • Has low input data requirements – only approximately 10 minutes needed.
  • Runs in Excel.
  • Will be freely downloadable from the CCAFS website.

CCAFS-MOT joins several empirical models to estimate GHG emissions from different land uses and consider mitigation practices that are compatible with food production. And several studies informed the mitigation potentials used in the tool.

Researchers at the University of Aberdeen, in partnership with CCAFS, the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), and the University of Vermont’s Gund Institute for Ecological Economics, are developing the tool.  Lead researchers are: Diana FelicianoJon HillierDali Nayak, and Sylvia Vetter.

Access the CCAFS-MOT, beta version.

Please contact Julianna White to receive a beta version of the tool.

Please see the bottom of this page for an example showing input needed and output results for rice in Indonesia.

Increasing impact

CCAFS-MOT is a decision-support tool for policy makers around the world and will be widely contextualised, promoted and used. The research team is committed to continually improving the tool based on the needs of its users. They are testing the tool with a variety of stakeholders and collaborating with other researchers to ensure that CCAFS-MOT provides decision-makers with accurate, relevant, and easy-to-use information.

In 2015, the team is refining the tools and releasing a beta version of the model for testing to interested parties. They will host three webinars with national planners, practitioners, researchers, and CCAFS project leaders. Readers interested in testing the tool or providing other feedback should contact Julianna White.

Partners first introduced CCAFS-MOT at a learning session in Lima, Peru in December 2014 during COP 20. See the presentation in English and Spanish. Twenty-five participants from Colombia, Costa Rica Guatemala, Honduras, and Peru experimented with CCAFS-MOT using their own laptop. They inserted data on management practices, soil, and climate for sugar cane cultivation in Lambayeque, Peru and obtained a ranking of suitable mitigation options for this region. Participants were very enthusiastic about using the tool in the future and provided valuable suggestions for the beta version.

“It is an important tool to estimate carbon footprint per crop type and mitigation options.” Participant at CCAFS-MOT training session in December 2014.