Low emission 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

USAID and the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) are collaborating to support partner countries on their priorities in the land use sector, including in agriculture.  Of the 189 countries that committed in 2016 to limiting climate change to 2°C—if possible to 1.5°C—105 specifically named agriculture as a source of mitigation.  Developing countries, in particular, prioritized mitigation in the sector. 

Agriculture must reduce emissions by 1 gigatonne of carbon dioxide equivalents per year (GtCO2e/yr) by 2030 to achieve the 2°C limit, a significant challenge given increasing demand for food from the world’s growing population.  Together with partner countries, USAID and CCAFS are exploring opportunities – and finding solutions. 

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Many governments recognize agroforestry’s contributions to farmers’ food security and livelihoods, and to climate change adaptation and mitigation, but face challenges in attracting climate finance to expand agroforestry.
Food loss and waste account for approximately 8 percent of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. As a result, this area presents opportunity for large reductions in emissions.
As part of a multi-year effort, USAID is collaborating with partners to support the design and implementation of practical, scientifically sound MRV systems.