Worth Reading

Oct 2 2018: Just ordered Nate Chisholm’s Savanna. See also his blog at meadowsbrooksandgroves.com. Great reading there. $10.08 on Amazon (linked from his site). Update 6 January 2019 I’ve skimmed the first part of the book and enjoyed it but am saving it for post-Nourishment and Call of the Reed Warbler. Until then, I’ll be reading Nate’s blog, because it’s fantastic and entertaining.

Sept 16 2018: Received Charles Massy’s Call of the Reed Warbler; about $20 USD through Chelsea Green. Also downloaded his 2013 PhD thesis (open access) here on regenerative agriculture and human ecology, titled Transforming the Earth: a study in the change of agricultural mindscapes. Update 6 January 2018 I’m really digging this book. I love biographical accounts of my heroes’ journeys, and this one (for me) doesn’t disappoint. I’m really excited about the who’s who aspect of Massy’s learning journey; like Nourishment (Provenza; see below) I’m less than 100 pages in — I’m reading these two books simultaneously — but it’s hard to put down, when I get a chance to pick it up and read.

Sept 13 2018: Steve Gliessman’s textbook Agroecology (about $60 USD on Amazon) and Field and Laboratory Investigations in Agroecology ($35). On my shelf as reference.

Pre-ordered Sept 11 2018: Fred Provenza’s new release Nourishment: What Animals Can Teach Us about Rediscovering Our Nutritional Wisdom ($17 USD with pre-order discount). Was released late November 2018. Update 6 January 2019 This book is lovely. I am loving it. Packed with information on both human and livestock nutrition and weaving seamlessly between the two; we’re not that different, after all. I’m less than 100 pages in and absolutely hooked. Highly recommend this read, for anyone, really, but especially those interested in how what we eat, eats, affects us.

Other favourites

Carbon Farming Solution, (2016), $75 USD through Chelsea Green. Eric Toensmeier. Note that this is a textbook, not an armchair read; but is extremely well-referenced and thoroughly researched. See also website.

The Soil and Health: A Study of Organic Agriculture (1945). $30 USD through Amazon. Sir Albert Howard. Classic and highly prescient book on his experience and links between soil, human, and animal health. I’ve read parts of this but haven’t settled into a cover-to-cover read yet.

Update 6 January 2019 : book list from Jefferson Savory Hub

This list was emailed out by Spencer and Abbey Smith who run the Jefferson Savory Hub in northeastern California:

Defending Beef
Call of the Reed Warbler
The Farm as Ecosystem
Dung Beetles and a Cowman’s Profits
Unsheltered (for fun!) and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle
Future Home of the Living God (Abbey’s favorite author so every book she writes must be read)
Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter
Little Women
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls


And now, for the motherload: the peer-reviewed papers. Some day soon I’ll find a better way to organize these. Until then, this is going to be a dumping ground, from various sources.

The batch below was shared to a Google Group listserv on carbon sequestration by Julianna White (Program Manager, Low Emissions Development at CGIAR Research Program for Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), Gund Institute for Environment, University of Vermont):

Resources from CCAFS [Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security] and partners:

Adoption of practices

Howland F, Andrieu N, Bonilla-Findji O. 2018. Understanding socioeconomic aspects influencing CSA adoption. CCAFS Working Paper No. 247. Copenhagen, Denmark: CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). link

Khatri-Chhetri A., Aggarwal P.K., Joshi P.K.,Vyas S..2016.Farmers’ prioritization of climate-smart agriculture (CSA) technologies.Agricultural Systems 151:184–191. link

Lapidus, D., Latane, A., Ortiz-Monasterio, I., Beach, R., & Cárdenas Castañeda, M. E. (2017). The GreenSeeker Handheld: A research brief on farmer technology adoption and disadoption. (RTI Press Publication No. RB-0014-1705). Research Triangle Park, NC: RTI Press. link

Mwungu, C. M., Mwongera, C., Shikuku, K. M., Acosta, M., & Läderach, P. (2018). Determinants of Adoption of Climate-Smart Agriculture Technologies at Farm Plot Level : An Assessment from Southern Tanzania. In: Filho, Walter Leal (editors) Handbook of Climate Change Resilience. Springer . 1-15 p. link

Finance, private sector, business cases

Richards M. 2018. Measure the Chain: Tools For Assessing GHG Emissions In Agricultural Supply Chains. Boston, MA: Ceres and CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). link

Gromko D, Abdurasalova G. 2018. Climate change mitigation and food loss and waste reduction: Exploring the business case. CCAFS Working Paper no. 246. Wageningen, the Netherlands: CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). link

Wilkes A, Odhong’ C, Ndonga S, Sing’ora B, Kenyanito L. 2018. Access to and supply of finance for enhancing dairy productivity. CCAFS Working Paper no. 232. Wageningen, the Netherlands: CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). link

Additional business cases here (https://ccafs.cgiar.org/invest).


De Pinto A, Li M, Haruna A, Hyman GG, Londoño MA, Creamer B, Kwon H, Valencia JB, Tapasco J, Martinez JD. 2016. Low emission development strategies in agriculture. An agriculture, forestry, and other land uses (AFOLU) perspective. World Development. link

Frank S, Beach R, Havlík P, Valin H, Herrero M, Mosnier A, Hasegawa T, Creason J, Ragnauth S, Obersteiner M. 2018. Structural change as a key component for agricultural non-CO2 mitigation efforts. Nature Communications 9:1060. link

Grewer U, Nash J, Gurwick N, Bockel L, Galford G, Richards M, Costa C, White J, Pirolli G, Wollenberg E. 2018. Analyzing the greenhouse gas impact potential of smallholder development actions across a global food security program. Environmental Research Letters 13(4):12-13. link

Hajjar R, Newton P, Adshead A, Bogaerts M, Maguire-Rajpaul VA, Pinto LFG, McDermott CL, Milder JC, Wollenberg E, Agrawal A. 2019. Scaling up sustainability in commodity agriculture: Transferability of governance mechanisms across the coffee and cattle sectors in Brazil. Journal of Cleaner Production, 206:124-132. link

Sapkota TB, Vetter SH, Jat ML, Sirohi S, Shirsath PB, Singh R, Jat HS, Smith P, Hillier J, Stirling CM. 2019. Cost-effective opportunities for climate change mitigation in Indian agriculture. Science of the Total Environment, 655:1342-1354. link


CCAFS Low Emissions Development More more, including recent work, is available at our website. Search for publications, current projects, etc.

AgMRV Platform In collaboration with the govt of New Zealand, we recently launched this platform with resources, guidance, and lots of case studies on AgMRV. Initial focus is on livestock; agroforestry, rice and other sectors to be added over the next year or so.

SAMPLES (CCAFS/CFIAR) Emissions data and measurement methods for emissions and storage