How important is agriculture?
According to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), an estimated number of 805 million people on our planet are chronically undernourished. Furthermore, global climate change disproportionately affects the farming systems of already vulnerable people by increased frequency and severity of droughts, floods and storms as well as shifts in temperature. Agriculture contributes 10-12% of global anthropogenic emissions, but will be 50% in 2050 if we don't change our practices. 

What is our goal?
Gold Standard is currently reviewing our approach to Agriculture as part of the development of Gold Standard 3.0. Our goal is to reduce emissions, increase sequestration and improve sustainability on a large scale, while actively managing the interactions of the ‘food-energy-water nexus.’ Gold Standard's Agriculture programme will remain in a road-testing phase until Gold Standard 3.0 is fully operational; therefore we are limiting certification to those already identified as pilot projects. All projects interested in the Gold Standard Agriculture programme should contact the Land Use and Forests Secretariat before commencing any work towards certification.

To ensure we maintain the highest standards our Technical Advisory Committee meets on a regular basis to discuss regulatory decisions for methodologies, rules and procedures. For more information on our latest rule updates>>

Agriculture Methodologies

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Methodologies currently in development:

  • Cool Farm Tool – to reduce emissions for agricultural commodities along the production and supply chain

Methodologies recently developed:

  • Smallholder Dairy Methodology – Increase input efficiency while reducing emissions per kilogram of milk


PDF icon The Gold Standard Low Tillage Methodology

The Low Tillage Methodology accounts for the GHG emissions from agriculture by changing soil tillage practices within agricultural systems.

PDF icon Smallholder Dairy Methodology

Methodology for Quantification of GHG Emission Reductions from Improved Management in Smallholder Dairy Production Systems

PDF icon Guidelines for our methodology approval process

This guideline describes the procedure that needs to be followed for any methodology that seeks approval under the ‘Gold Standard Land Use & Forests’ scope.