Land Use & Forests  I  Agriculture Programme

The Gold Standard has developed our Agriculture programme within the context of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization definition of climate smart agriculture. That is, “agricultural activities that contribute to the achievement of sustainable development goals.”

All Agriculture activities that generate carbon credits under the Gold Standard integrate these goals:

  1. Food Security l Sustainably increasing agricultural productivity and incomes
  2. Adaptation l Adapting and building resilience to climate change
  3. Mitigation l Sequestering, reducing or avoiding greenhouse gas emissions

We have developed the Agriculture Requirements to define technical standards as well as sustainability benchmarks for social and ecological co-benefits and completed a public consultation in July 2014.

Download the draft Agriculture Requirements

Our Agriculture Advisory Panel provides critical guidance during this development. This body represents a versatile stakeholder group of NGOs, auditors, project developers, practitioners and research institutions that comprises more than 30 members and provides expertise to the secretariat.

In parallel, we are designing different Agriculture Methodologies with project developers. These methodologies serve as modules, which can be selected and combined according to the needs of projects.

New methodologies will be developed and tested by projects. Our current project partners testing the different methodologies are Hivos, FAO, ILRI, Carbon Solutions, CEDECO, UNIQUE, FiBL, Pro-Climate, Just-Green, the Cool Farm Institute and the Kenyan Ministry of Agriculture. Gold Standard CSA projects are currently being implemented in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Kenya, Hungary, Turkey and India.







Click the image to enlarge the full Agriculture timeline.


For more background information on climate change, agriculture and food security visit the research programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) website.


To become a Gold Standard Agriculture project during the development period (through 2014), contact our Agriculture Programme Manager.

Daniel Bachmann
Agriculture Programme Manager

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The Gold Standard Foundation would be delighted to engage with organisations interested in further supporting the successful development of the Agriculture programme.

Please contact:

Pieter van Midwoud
Director of Business Development Land Use & Forests

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