Lowemission development envisions farmers reducing emissions while contributing to economic growth. Dhaki Wako Baneta, a pastoralist who sells milk, is saving time, earning more, and experiencing less spoilage due to value chain improvements. By increasing productivity, she is also reducing the amount of greenhouse gas emissions per unit of milk.

Low-Emissions Opportunities in Agriculture

Supporting food security, economic growth and biodiversity conservation

In developing countries, 47% of all emissions are caused by agriculture and related land use change. Smallholder farming and related land use change result in 2.5 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents per year or approximately five percent of total global emissions.

To assist partner countries in fulfilling their international climate commitments to reduce emissions from agriculture and related land use change, USAID and the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) are partnering with country experts to identify low-emission opportunities in agriculture that also contribute to food security, with a focus on smallholder farming.

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Improving MRV for Agricultural Emission Reductions in the Livestock Sector - COP22 event
Analyses of Emissions & Mitigation Options in Agricultural Development
Priorities for Mitigation in Agricultural Landscapes: A Modeling Approach
Implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions in the Agriculture Sector
Feasibility of Expanding Low Emission Development in Livestock and Rice
Mitigation Options Tool
The CCAFS Mitigation Option Tool (CCAFS-MOT) estimates emissions from crops and livestock production systems in different regions and ranks mitigation options in terms of their effectiveness compared to current management practices. CCAFS-MOT provides policy-makers across the globe easy-to-use, reliable information to inform decisions about agricultural emission reductions.
Improving Reporting of Agricultural Emissions and Emission Reductions
USAID Implementer:

CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS)
The University of Vermont Gund Institute for Environment

Julianna White
Program Manager, Low Emissions Development
julianna.m.white [at] uvm [dot] edu
USAID Contact:
Noel Gurwick
ngurwick [at] usaid [dot] gov