News and Announcements


Costco stores used the Cool Farm Tool to engage its entire organic egg supply base in a program of continuous improvement in agricultural sustainability. The results of the program show a 14 percent reduction in greenhouse gasses over...

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We’re delighted with the success of our Cool Farm Tool online launch event, September 29, 2016. For those of you that missed it, please find here a  and slides and recording.* (You must download the recording to view it all, the link ...

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At the end of 2015, Danone announced a very ambitious objective: to become a Zero Net Carbon Company by 2050, covering full scopes including agriculture. The challenge is huge and it starts by getting robust and reliable methods and tool...

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The Cool Farm Tool has evolved to become THE global farm-level tool for measuring carbon. Our mandate now is to manage a rapid reduction of emissions. Measurement might turn out to have been the easy part. The Cool Farm Tool began modest...

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Having worked full time in sustainable development within the corporate sector for the past 15 years I have seen many changes, from a focus on energy, water, waste within the factory through to highly conceptual (and practical) ideas lik...

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Farmers think primarily in input and output, in costs, yield and margin. The current Cool Farm Tool (CFT) provides insight into greenhouse gases and biodiversity. To the farmer, neither has direct obvious impact on costs, yields or margi...

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Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in the Kenyan Coffee Sector. This report presents an overview on the Sangana PPP (public, private partnership) aimed to develop a 4C Climate Code (an additional component to the already existing 4...

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Oxfam Broccoli

September 27, 2016Case Studies

The results of this CFT case study came out of a consultancy conducted by CIAT for Oxfam GB to examine the effects of climate change on smallholder farmers in Guatemala producing frozen vegetables for export. The CFT analysis was limited...

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Smallholder Beans, Nicaragua: Cool Farming Options Pilot with Catholic Relief Services. This report details the use of the CFT with smallholder bean producers in Nicaragua involved in climate change and livelihood development projects wi...

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Heinz tomato

September 27, 2016Case Studies

H.J. Heinz chose to focus on a key crop and a major growing region – California tomatoes – where they source from approximately 270,000 acres annually . The company’s goals were to provide a practical, user-friendly tool for growers,...

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This report details the use of the CFT at the smallholder level in Kenya on 25 coffee farms. Since the coffee is produced in agroforestry systems, the results show the added benefit of having shade trees present in the system. In additio...

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Unilever has embedded the Cool Farm Tool into their farmer and supplier sustainable agriculture self assessment platform. In the first year, suppliers are required to fill in the data for one ‘typical’ farm. Starting January 2013 the...

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The Canadian Pulse Grower’s Association investigated the use of the CFT to develop an on-farm carbon footprint of navy bean production in Canada. 34 farms were sampled. Pulse Canada’s goals were to produce an aggregate number but also to...

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WWF-India used the Cool Farm Tool to calculate GHG emissions from selected farm plots under traditional cultivation and Better Management Practices (BMP) cotton production systems. The results showed that traditional cultivation uses alm...

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