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Case Studies

The Cool Farm Tool has been adopted and deployed by a number of organizations, initiatives and farmers all at different stages in their sustainability journey. Applications of the tool therefore cover a large range of different farming systems and contexts spanning the globe. This section describes some of these applications with links to more detailed reports where applicable.

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Cutting cotton carbon emissions

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 almost twice as much fertiliser as BMPs, and more than the recommended dosage. This results in almost double the emissions, but does not increase the yield. WWF-India is now working with farmers in Warangal district to promote BMPs in cotton so as to reduce the environmental impact of the cotton it produces. Hide ... See full summary

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Costco organic eggs

For the past two years the organic egg producers supplying Costco stores have been using the Cool Farm Tool to gain insight into the carbon emissions of their operations. With support from the Sustainable Food Lab, Costco has engaged its entire supply base in a program designed to spur reductions in greenhouse gas emissions of organic eggs. Hide ... See full summary

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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.

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Pulse Canada, Cool Farm Tool Pilot

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 learn as much as possible about the process, the state of science of greenhouse gas measurement and insights in to possible climate change mitigation activities. Hide ... See full summary

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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 the unique challenges of collecting/analyzing data at the smallholder scale, as well as data related to tree systems in general. Hide ... See full summary

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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 to promote best practices for climate-friendly agriculture. The report compares the results of five leading farms to identify key emission sources and possible GHG emissions reduction pathways. Hide ... See full summary

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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 the benefits that some producers receive from being involved in agroforestry practices on-farm. Hide ... See full summary

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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 the finished product. Details around the potential benefits and challenges of using the CFT in smallholder communities are also discussed. Hide ... See full summary

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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 of GHG emissions in coffee production; lessons learnt when working on climate change issues with smallholder producers; and a first try to gather perceived impacts of the project at producer level and beyond. Hide ... See full summary

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International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (coffee)

Climate change mitigation in Mesoamerican coffee production. This research by the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), quantifies the on-farm carbon stocks in different coffee production systems using the CFT, and evaluates the influence of voluntary standards on climate change mitigation. Based on the results, a framework for effective climate change mitigation on coffee production level is developed that can accelerate climate change mitigation in Mesoamerica and other coffee growing regions in the world. Hide ... See full summary

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