Mitigation Options Tool for agriculture (CCAFS-MOT)

Project Description

The CCAFS Mitigation Options Tool (CCAFS-MOT) estimates greenhouse gas emissions from various crops (e.g. barley, maize, sugar cane), crop groups (e.g. vegetables, legumes) and livestock production in different regions. By bringing together several different empirical models to estimate GHG emissions, CCAFS-MOT provides policy-makers across the globe with the reliable information needed to make informed decisions about emissions reductions within agriculture.

See a description of the tool here.

Although a number of GHG calculators already exist CCAFS-MOT is distinct because it:

  • Ranks the most effective mitigation options for 34 different crops according to their mitigation potential, and in relation to current management practices and climate and soil characteristics.
  • Has low input data requirements, it only takes approximately 5 minutes to input data.
  • Runs in Excel.
  • Is freely downloadable from the CCAFS website. Download the CCAFS-MOT tool here. This version of the tool was updated in November 2016.

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.


CCAFS-MOT is a decision-support tool for policy advisors and extension services around the world and will be widely contextualised, promoted and widely disseminated. It will enable national decision-makers to prioritise low-emissions initiatives.


Download the CCAFS-MOT tool hereThis version of the tool was updated in November 2016.

In 2015 and 2016, the team refined the tool and releasing a beta version of the model for testing to interested parties. They hosted webinars with national planners, practitioners, researchers, and CCAFS project leaders to share the relevance of the tool to users and collect suggestions on how to improve the usability of the tool for the target users. Readers interested in testing the tool or providing other feedback should contact Julianna White.


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. The project receives funding from CCAFS thorugh its Fund Council, the United Kingdom's Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), and the United States Department of Agriculture. It has also received support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). 


Approximately 20-30% of the workshop and webinar participants are female scientists or policy makers.

Further Information

For further information, please contact researcher, Diana Feliciano (University of Aberdeen)

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