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Research Series Issue 35: Climate change mitigation potential of agricultural practices supported by IFAD investments An ex ante analysis
March 2019

An ex ante analysis

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.


Meryl Richards, Aslihan Arslan, Romina Cavatassi and Todd Rosenstock


Climate and environment


Richards, M., Arslan, A., Cavatassi, R., and Rosenstock, T. 2019. “Climate change mitigation potential of IFAD investments.” IFAD Research Series 35. Rome: IFAD