Setting low emissions priorities

CCAFS is working with partners to identify low emissions options that are beneficial for smallholder farmers and linked to productivity, benefit women and men farmers’ livelihoods and preserve natural resources. 

Feasibility of practices is tested in field-trials with farmers. Existing research shows that there is significant mitigation potential to reduce methane from paddy rice and livestock systems and nitrous oxide from cereal crops and increase carbon sequestration in agricultural landscapes.

CCAFS and partners are now testing how farmers can maximize the mitigation potential, while also supporting livelihood benefits in diverse cultural and geographical situations. They are also analyzing which policy, capacity, and financing incentives women and men farmers need to transition to low emissions agriculture. CCAFS and partners develop plausible country targets, with consideration for factors such as growing conditions, availability of technology, policy context, private sector involvement, and others.

Low emissions development includes equitable social and economic benefits for women and aims to empower the decision-making roles of female farmers by providing analysis and recommendations to improve women’s livelihoods and food security.

With this information, decision-makers in the public and private sectors can evaluate best-bet, scalable low-emissions options, develop technical, policy, or supply chain policies and procedures, and secure resources for implementation. These insights are also used to inform global research initiatives and negotiations – including the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Projects Include:


Project Name

Southeast Asia
Latin America
East Africa
South Asia
  • Agro-economic analysis of all climate change mitigation options