How to use the Cool Farm Tool to track no-till success

The change of conventional agricultural production systems to a more regenerative approach is known to benefit the soil and the environment, and is gaining increasing interest from growers around the globe. Such regenerative practices, however, require determination and commitment. Jake Freestone, farm manager of the Cotswold farm in Overbury (UK), has shown both over the past decade when he started … Read More

Carbon, Climate & Coffee – From Cool Farms to Environmental Service Premiums

Industrial agricultural is a primary contributor to total greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. With CO2 linked to soil erosion and loss of cover crops, nitrous oxide emissions linked to chemical fertilizers, and methane linked to unmanaged manures, these are central culprits in agriculture’s expanding climate footprint. But while industrial farming is a part of the problem, good agricultural practices including small-scale, … Read More

Costco organic eggs

Study finds significant reductions in GHG emissions among egg farmers Costco Wholesale used the Cool Farm Tool to engage its entire organic egg supply base in a program of continuous improvement in agricultural sustainability. The case study, published in the Journal of Cleaner Production, describes the reduction of GHG emissions in the commercial egg production of 10 large-scale egg producers … Read More

A “Foodprints” Application of the Cool Farm Tool: Can Diets in India Be Healthy and Environmentally Friendly?

By Alan Dangour, MSc PhD RNutr, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine; Francesca Harris, MSc, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine; Benjamin Kayatz, MSc, University of Aberdeen; and Jon Hiller, PhD, University of Edinburgh With a population of 1.2 billion people and rapidly changing dietary habits, the health and environmental impacts of diets in India is a major … Read More

Sangana PPP Kenyan coffee

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 4C Code of Conduct); detailed information on the use of the CFT to monitor the climate impact of the proposed practices and identify hotspots … Read More

Oxfam Broccoli

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 to broccoli producers. Key to this case study are the emissions results relating to fertilizer use and the transportation of … Read More

Nicaragua CRS beans

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 with Catholic Relief Services. The analysis demonstrates the wide variety of effects on emissions of different types of crop residue management techniques, and also sheds light on … Read More

Heinz tomato

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, solicit feedback from growers on the feasibility of changing practices to lower emissions, and garner support through the California tomato industry … Read More

GIZ & Sangana (Coffee)

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 addition to the on-farm emissions, processing emissions from the cooperative are also presented. This paper also highlights some of … Read More

Unilever and the Cool Farm Tool

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 requirement will extend to farmers. DOWNLOAD HERE