Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) – Low Emissions Development

The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)

The overall goal of CCAFS is to “promote a food secure world through the provision of science based efforts that support sustainable agriculture and enhance livelihoods while adapting to climate change and conserving natural resources and environmental services.”

The goal of low emission development (LED) research is to test the feasibility of reducing agricultural GHG emissions at large scales while ensuring food security in developing countries. LED will provide evidence and tools for (1) improved estimates of emissions from LED in smallholder farming; (2) impacts of LED on emissions, food security and other outcomes and resulting priorities and (3) conditions enabling LED at large scales among smallholder farmers and in major supply chains.

The primary beneficiaries of LED research are smallholder farmers, for whom LED practices can contribute to food security and climate resilience by increasing yields, reducing inputs and improving natural capital. Research will also benefit national LED efforts through better emissions estimates, technical capacities to implement and monitor LED, and policy development.

Open to Applications: 
Application Time Frame: 

Not applicable

Climate Objective: 
Administrator Type: 
Financial Instruments Offered: 
Not Applicable
Direct Access: 
Not Applicable
Fund Size: 

Not applicable

Financing Award: 
Not Applicable
Not applicable
Implementing Entity: 

The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) addresses the increasing challenge of global warming and declining food security on agricultural practices, policies and measures through a strategic collaboration between CGIAR and Future Earth.Led by the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), CCAFS is a collaboration among all 15 CGIAR research centers and coordinates with the other CGIAR research programs.
All CGIAR centers have a stake in CCAFS, and numerous Centers have considerable climate change expertise and activities. CCAFS brings together some of the world's best researchers in agricultural science, climate science, environmental and social sciences to identify and address the most important interactions, synergies and trade-offs between climate change and agriculture.

The low-emissions development team collaborates with the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees, and Agroforestry (FTA), Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) and the Global Rice Science Partnership (GRiSP).

Steps to Access & Application Procedure: 

Not applicable

Organizational and Decision Making Structure: 

- The Independent Steering Committee (ISC) is the overall advisory body, with CIAT Board taking final decisions on the Program of Work and Budget (POWB) in line with its fiduciary responsibility.
- The ISC will have 7 independent members with gender

Monitoring and Reporting Procedures: 

CCAFS LED follows the monitoring, evaluation and learning strategy established by CCAFS, which employs a results-based management (RBM) approach. CCAFS has established an online platform called Managing Agricultural Research for Learning and Outcomes (MARLO) that will be used to monitor and report on research activities and outcome delivery. It includes mapping to the CCAFS strategic results framework, setting and reporting on targets, annual reporting, performance monitoring, risk monitoring, and financial planning. CCAFS also employs other RBM elements such as impact assessments.

Co-financing Requirements (if applicable): 

Not applicable

Other Eligibility Criteria Beyond Geography and Income: 

Not specified

Contact Information

Flagship 3 Low Emissions Development
University of Vermont
617 Main Street, Burlington VT,
05405 USA
Contact Person:
Lini Wollenberg
+1 802 656 9891

Last Updated: 
Download All Data
Sectors & Topics: 
Eligible Countries and Geographic Regions: 
Active in Countries: 
Costa Rica
Philippines (the)
Tanzania (United Republic of)