IFAD Research Series 35 - Climate Change Mitigation Potential of Agricultural Practices Supported by IFAD Investments An Ex Ante Analysis

IFAD Research Series 35 - Climate Change Mitigation Potential of Agricultural Practices Supported by IFAD Investments An Ex Ante Analysis (2019); ISBN 978-92-9072-875-7

36 Pages Posted: 1 Apr 2019

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Meryl Richards

CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change

Aslihan Arsalan

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD); CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change

Romina Cavatassi

IFAD

Todd Rosenstock

University of California, Davis

Date Written: March 7, 2019

Abstract

International discussions on climate change increasingly recognize the importance of agriculture in adaptation and mitigation efforts. This study estimates the mitigation potential of agricultural practices supported by IFAD’s current investments in order to provide guidance for the design of future investments. Using data from field studies in scientific literature, this research estimates the effects of a large set of agricultural practices promoted by IFAD (and other development agencies) on soil organic carbon stocks, nitrous oxide emissions from soils, and methane emissions from rice paddies. Findings identify soil and rice management practices with the largest mitigation potential and those that can potentially increase emissions; discuss uncertainties in mitigation analyses; and provide recommendations to improve monitoring of mitigation benefits.

Keywords: climate change mitigation, climate change, agricultural projects

Suggested Citation

Richards, Meryl and Arsalan, Aslihan and Cavatassi, Romina and Rosenstock, Todd, IFAD Research Series 35 - Climate Change Mitigation Potential of Agricultural Practices Supported by IFAD Investments An Ex Ante Analysis (March 7, 2019). IFAD Research Series 35 - Climate Change Mitigation Potential of Agricultural Practices Supported by IFAD Investments An Ex Ante Analysis (2019); ISBN 978-92-9072-875-7 , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3349032

Meryl Richards

CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change

Addis Ababa
Ethiopia

Aslihan Arsalan

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) ( email )

Via Paolo di Dono
Rome, 00142
Italy

CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change ( email )

Addis Ababa
Ethiopia

Romina Cavatassi (Contact Author)

IFAD ( email )

Via Paolo di Dono
Rome, 00142
Italy

Todd Rosenstock

University of California, Davis ( email )

One Shields Avenue
Apt 153
Davis, CA 95616
United States

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