SAMPLES is a global research program that supports countries around the world to measure greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from agriculture and identify mitigation options compatible with food security. It addresses the dearth of reliable information about GHG emissions from agriculture in tropical countries. SAMPLES scientists work with developing countries to improve data on agricultural GHG emissions and mitigation potentials.
– Identify high-production, low-emissions development trajectories in the agricultural sector.
– Participate in the emerging green economy and access climate finance.
– Strengthen tropical countries’ negotiating positions in the global climate discussion.
SAMPLES addresses the dearth of reliable information about greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture in tropical countries. SAMPLES scientists work with developing countries to improve data on agricultural greenhouse gas emissions and mitigation potentials.
At SAMPLES sites, researchers measure greenhouse gas emissions associated with agricultural practices and the potential emissions reductions associated with alternative practices. SAMPLES research also quantifies changes in yield productivity and social and economic livelihood indicators associated with alternative practices. This internalizes the trade-offs between production and environmental objectives and helps identify economically and socially acceptable management options, not just potential technologies.
Capacity to quantify greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture is currently limited in many regions of the world. One aim of the SAMPLES program is to help build the institutional and human capacity to carry out such assessments and evaluate other agriculture-environment issues.