Communities Carbon Calculator (CCC)

GSFN KENYA Communities Carbon Calculator (CCC) Pilot Project


Calling KENYA FARMERS, STUDENTS, and EARLY CAREERS for Agriculture Stewardship. The Agriculture Stewardship Program is designed to increase environmental sustainability and climate change mitigation and adaptation by providing technical support to develop, promote and implement the KENYA Communities Carban Calculator Pilot Project.

The meeting will focus on understanding the resources and skills required to gather farm data to calculate carbon emissions. Dr Renuka Thakore will lead the session. Tony Alu will coordinate with the stakeholders, so contact him.


GSFN kick-started KENYA Communities Carbon Calculator (CCC) Pilot Project


GSFN Communities Carbon Calculator is about designing eco-friendly, low-carbon, energy-efficient, resilient and sustainable production and consumption systems for the diverse agroecosystems worldwide.

The primary concept is to have meaningful, interrelated, inter-sectoral collaborative four (4) Carbon Interventions:

  1. Carbon budgeting includes carbon reduction, using embodied carbon and reducing carbon waste for positive impact.
  2. Carbon mobilisation includes understanding the carbon dynamics throughout the processes, practices, and products, applying technologies (natural, bio, chemical, mechanical, etc.), and fixing them for a positive impact.
  3. Carbon literacy includes increasing the understanding and knowledge of the use of technologies (digital), theories and practices for a sustainable and resilient low-carbon sector.
  4. Carbon Sustainability includes developing local and global ecosystems for sustainable and resilient sectors with the desired level of Carbon.

See why we should be worried about Carbon in Agriculture by Liz Bowles, CEO of The Farm Carbon Calculator.

Call for Partners

The Global Sustainable Futures Progress through Partnerships Network calls partners/collaborators/individuals to join the optimised integrated COMMUNITIES CALCULATOR CARBON (CCC) Pilot.

Driving systemic transformations

Country Carbon Calculator (CCC) Pilot will drive total transformation in systems at the country level.

It will impact many other interrelated sectors, such as agriculture, water, waste, transport, energy, health, etc., developing in-country projects and integrating strategies for technology, subject expertise, innovation and commercialisation, including:

  • Identifying and connecting with relevant stakeholders physically, socially and virtually, both at local, national and regional levels
  • Advocating, encouraging, and negotiating with stakeholders to get involved in the program for managing carbon emission, business and innovative commodities, adopting an integrated approach and multi-area agreements
  • Creating local, national and regional forums to attract all stakeholders (start-ups, technicians, experts) associated with business
  • Facilitating carbon calculator development in-country, partnering with subject matter experts, academia, and technology experts
  • The Carbon Calculator will be an online tool enabling every business manager detailing and supply chain actors to calculate the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and carbon storage into soil and biomass on the land area they are footprinting.
  • It will account for all types of agriculture, food production and land use, producing a carbon balance detailing emissions into Scopes 1,2,3 emissions and carbon storage.
  • A noticeable difference will be reflected in the quality of services, commercialisation, certification, carbon credits, crop diversity and inclusion of farmers, women and youth
  • A scalable and innovative approach to connecting the countries as low-carbon, resilient and sustainable environmental, agriculture and food suppliers, health, manufacturing, etc.

Seven WorkPlans

WP1: To map the current resources in your country to create a farm carbon calculator

WP2: To build a working model for piloting the carbon calculator

WP3: To evaluate the CCC Pilot quarterly for its delivery of services/products/processes

WP4: To measure the changes in the sector due to the innovative practices developed through CCC Pilot

WP5: To measure the changes in related sectors such as agriculture, water, energy, transport, health nutrition, soil quality, housing, etc. through CCC Pilot

WP6: To develop the learning/skill development/innovative practices knowledge exchange gathered through CCC Pilot

WP7: To work with the stakeholders to improve decision-making for a resilient and sustainable industry


Climate change will significantly impact agriculture, forestry and the food industry, and this impact will change over time. The change in local and global climate conditions will impact the life cycle process of the agriculture and food industry, including the quality of seeds, growing seasons, crop maturity, livestock productivity, forest productivity, etc. The most critical impacts are the increased CO2 emissions due to growth in agricultural activities, the changing rainfall patterns, increased evaporative demand, reduced water availability for irrigation threatening all agricultural production, extended or repeated periods of drought, tree deaths, increased flooding, including that caused by sea-level rise, substantial losses in crop production in low-lying agricultural areas, soil compaction, waterlogging and soil erosion, and pests and diseases threatening the output. 

Climate change will affect the range and quality of the ecosystem services that agriculture and forestry provide and rely on. They provide climate control, flood regulation, biodiversity, pollination and nutrient cycling. These sectors play a critical role in adapting to the change by introducing new healthy and resilient genotypes, varieties, breeds and management practices. 

As the impact of climate change continues to be severe, there is a need for more anticipatory adaptation measures. Agriculture and forestry are components of larger biophysical, social and economic systems, reacting and adapting to climate change in different ways, resulting in complex global changes whose impacts at the local level are not easy to predict.

Conversely, the demand for agriculture and the food industry is growing, including to achieve the ‘No Hunger’ SDG 2 target, universal access to safe and nutritious food, end all forms of malnutrition, double the productivity and incomes of small-scale food producers, sustainable food production and resilient agricultural practices, maintain the genetic diversity in food production, invest in rural infrastructure, agricultural research, technology and gene banks, preventing agricultural trade restrictions, market distortions and export subsidies, and ensuring stable food commodity markets and timely access to information.

Thus, achieving food and nutritional security by increasing crop productivity while limiting carbon emissions is of utmost priority for every nation. This includes strengthening sustainable agri-food value chains, scaling up agri-food systems resilience, improving food security, and generating employment. While doing this, we must increase innovative practices and the creative and entrepreneurial skills of farmers worldwide to do their jobs and businesses effectively, foresee future scenarios and be prepared and resilient to climate and economic shocks.

This highlights an urgent need to identify an eco-friendly/cleaner consumption and production system that is more productive, profitable, resource-efficient (i.e., efficient use of energy, water, and carbon-based inputs), environmentally safer, gender-balanced, accessible and inclusive of everyone, and resilient.

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