Co-benefits of mitigation options in the CCAFS- Mitigation Options Tool (CCAFS-MOT)

Kirsten MacSween, Diana Feliciano

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Approximately 30% of total global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are from the agriculture, forestry, and other land use (AFOLU) sectors. There is increasing interest in identifying sources and sinks of GHG emissions due to the rising negative impacts of climate change. This has resulted in the creation of GHG accounting tools that allows the quantification and reporting of GHG emissions. One such tool is the CGIAR Research Program for Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Mitigation Options Tool (CCAFS-MOT), which calculates emissions from a variety of crops, rice, grassland and livestock. This tool is distinct in that it provides a range of mitigation options that are ranked in order of mitigation potential. This paper investigates benefits associated with the mitigation options presented in the CCAFS-MOT other than emission reduction. Co-benefits include increased yield from crops and livestock, improved soil quality and fertility, and reduced production costs, all of which can help improve food security and alleviate poverty.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationThe Netherlands
PublisherCGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS)
Number of pages84
Publication statusPublished - 4 Dec 2018

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NameCCAFS Working Paper

Bibliographical note

This work is the result of a collaboration among the University of Aberdeen, CCAFS, and the Gund Institute for Environment, University of Vermont.
CCAFS, which is carried out with support from the CGIAR Trust Fund and through bilateral funding agreements. For details please visit ttps:// The views expressed in this document cannot be taken to reflect the official opinions of these organizations.
In addition to support from CCAFS and its donors, research and development of CCAFSMOT has been supported by the British Research Council’s Natural
Environment Research Council (NERC), the United States Agency for International
Development (USAID), and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).


  • climate change mitigation
  • agriculture
  • greenhouse gases


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