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Participatory tools

1.1.1.   AgRECalc (

AgRECalc was developed by SAC Consulting to be used directly with the farming community.  It calculates the use of resources and the greenhouse as gas emissions for the whole farm, enterprise or per unit of saleable product.  It is used to highlights areas where improvements can be made to the farming system that will reduce emissions and save money.

At the farm level emissions arise from the use of fossil fuels, manufactured inputs, manure, as a natural by-product of animal digestion, cultivation of soils and changes in land use and vegetation.   Beyond the farm gate agri-food chains also emit emissions through activities such as processing, packaging, waste management and haulage. 

1.1.2.   ROTOR (

ROTOR was developed by the Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF) in Germany to assist farmers and advisors plan crop rotations in organic farming systems.  The tool helps the farmer consider long term productivity alongside the sustainability of the system by taking into account the nutrient management, soil organic matter, soil and crop nitrogen (N) supply, weed management, plant health and disease management on cash, fodder and catch crops. The new version developed within Climate-CAFE is ROTOR 3.0 that allows the calculation of climate change adaptation options. 

1.1.3.   Soil Explorer (

Soil Explorer, is a nutrient balancing model developed by the Nutrient Management Institute (NMI) in The Netherlands, to assess nitrogen losses related to fertilisation and soil N processes. These losses are assessed at field level for any combination of soil and crop type, using key coefficients for nitrogen pathways from, e.g. inputs from fertiliser, crop residues, and deposition, and output (losses) to air and water. The Roth-C model is used for assessing carbon dynamics of the soil. It is assumed that soil C/N-ratio remains constant.  Upscaling to farm level is done by multiplication with the respective area sizes.