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.
Access the guidelines and download the CCAFS-MOT in excel. This Beta version is ready to use! It was most recently updated in November 2016. By design, the CCAFS-MOT is occasionally updated to include the most recent information in the sector and to improve functionality based on user feedback.
CCAFS-MOT joins several empirical models to estimate GHG emissions from different land uses and considers mitigation practices that are compatible with food production. Several studies informed the mitigation potentials are used in the tool. 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 – approximately 10 minutes needed.
- Runs in Excel.
- Is freely downloadable from the CCAFS website.
Feliciano D. 2015 CCAFS Mitigation Options Tool. Presentation at IMAFLORA in Piricicaba, Brazil on 18 MArch 2015.
Feliciano D. 2015. CCAFS MOT: Developing a tool to support policy-‐makers’ decisions about eﬀective mitigation options in agriculture. Poster at Our Common Future Global Science Conference, Paris, July 2015.
Feliciano, D. 2016. The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Mitigation Option Tool (CCAFS-MOT) guidelines for users. CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). Copenhagen, Denmark.
Feliciano D, Ledo A, Hillier J, Nayak DR. 2018. Which agroforestry options give the greatest soil and above ground carbon benefits in different world regions? Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, 117-129.
Feliciano D, Nayak DR, Vetter SH, Hillier J. 2017. CCAFS-MOT - A tool for farmers, extension services and policy-advisors to identify mitigation options for agriculture. Agriculture Systems, 154, 100-111.
Koglo YS, Abdulkadir A, Feliciano D, Okhimamhe AA. 2016) Efficacy of Integrated Straw Formulations on Lowland Rice Field Organic Carbon and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Using CCAFS-MOT Model in Niger State, Nigeria. American Journal of Experimental Agriculture, 13:5, 1-11. Available online:
Nayak D, Feliciano D, Vetter S, Hillier J. 2016. The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Mitigation Option Tool (CCAFS-MOT). (Also available online at: https://ccafs.cgiar.org/mitigation-options-tool-agriculture, or search for “CCAFS-MOT” using a search engine.)
Vetter SH, Feliciano D, Hillier J, Stirling CM, Bahdur T, Smith P. 2016. GHG emissions and mitigation potential in Indian agriculture. Poster presentation at European Geosciences Union General Assembly in Vienna, April 2016.
- Examine this example of mitigation options in rice.
- See a summary document here.
Readers interested in receiving a beta version by email, testing the tool or providing other feedback should contact Julianna White.
Researchers at the University of Aberdeen, in partnership with CCAFS, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), 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 Feliciano, Jon Hillier, Dali Nayak and Sylvia Vetter.