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This blog was originally published on ClimateLinks on October 21, 2020.


Uptake of low emissions agriculture research outputs by policymakers and other stakeholders requires time. Even when researchers are interested in pursuing the scaling and use of research outputs, most are not incentivized to take this on. Allocating targeted resources and donor support, while involving science communicators and outreach specialists can be effective in overcoming constraints to delivering low emission development research to policymakers.

In Colombia, Kenya, and Vietnam, national low emissions development (LED) policymakers, practitioners, researchers, and development organizations worked together to co-design LED research priorities, outputs, and impact pathways for integration into the LED strategies for large greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation impacts. Key users of the research outputs include national climate change units within ministries of agriculture and environment, producer organizations, and local governments.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service, with funding from the Department of State through the Enhancing Capacity for Low Emission Development Strategies (EC-LEDS) program, partners with the agriculture ministries and research organizations in Colombia, Kenya, and Vietnam. This capacity-building program developed several technical outputs, including activity data for fertilizer emissions estimates and mitigation potentials for cacao plantation (Colombia), climate-smart agriculture (CSA) data atlas, and a CSA planning guidebook (Kenya), and national feed database and feed ration formulation tool (Vietnam).

The USDA EC-LEDS program partnered with the University of Vermont/CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security to scale the use of these research outputs and evaluate opportunities for uptake of research into policy decisions in Colombia, Kenya, and Vietnam.

Arun Khatri-Chhetri is Science Officer for the Low-Emissions Development Flagship of CCAFS.