Mitigation Options Tool for agriculture (CCAFS-MOT)

To identify practices that reduce emissions and sequester carbon, farmers and other decision makers need to know the options available for specific production systems in specific locations, and they need to be able to compare the emissions associated with different choices. Obtaining and applying this information could be a specialized and time-consuming task, but the CCAFS Mitigation Options Tool (CCAFS- MOT) was designed to offers decision makers a shortcut. 

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

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

  • Ranks the most effective mitigation options for dozens of different crops according to 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 and the CCAFS-MOT guidelines for users. This version of the tool was updated in October 2018.

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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 recognition of the need for increasing gender equity, the project is targeting a minimum of 20-30% of workshop and webinar participants to be female scientists or policy makers. Your input is also welcome.


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 Environment, are developing the tool.  Lead researchers are: Diana FelicianoJon HillierDali Nayak, and Sylvia Vetter.

The project receives funding from CCAFS, which is carried out with support from CGIAR Fund Donors and through bilateral funding agreements, the United Kingdom's Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). It previously received support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). 

Further information

The CCAFS-MOT design team has released a beta version of the model for testing and host 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 (CCAFS) or researcher Diana Feliciano (University of Aberdeen).