Topic outline

This e-learning course guides learners on how to use the Ex-Ante Carbon-balance Tool (EX-ACT) to quantify the climate change mitigation potential of your agricultural interventions (projects, programmes or policies).

The course is based on EX-ACT version 9.

This e-learning course is specifically relevant for: 

  • Policy makers 
  • Researchers, research institutes and universities 
  • Development practitioners and project managers 

  • Understand the key concepts used in EX-ACT.
  • Describe the intended use of each of the EX-ACT modules.
  • Understand the structure, function and mandatory data requirements of the EX-ACT modules.
  • Populate the data cells in each module.
  • Read and interpret the results of the greenhouse gas (GHG) analysis generated by the tool.

The course has been designed into distinct learning steps, to gradually dive into the functionality and potential of EX-ACT. There are seven lessons in this course:

  • Lesson 1: Introduction to EX-ACT 
  • Lesson 2: Fundamental modules in EX-ACT
  • Lesson 3: Forestry activities in EX-ACT
  • Lesson 4: Cropland activities in EX-ACT
  • Lesson 5: Inputs, grasslands and livestock activities in EX-ACT
  • Lesson 6: Inland and coastal wetland management in EX-ACT
  • Lesson 7: Fisheries and aquaculture activities in EX-ACT

The online version of this course runs on the latest versions of the major browsers, such as Chrome, Safari, Edge and Firefox.

The downloadable version only runs on Windows PC’s and no additional software is needed.

Digital certification

This course offers certification. You will get your digital badge upon passing a final exam after completing the course and achieve a grade of at least 75%. Please click on the button below to complete the exam, or refer to our Certification section to learn more.

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Transformative partnerships are a core component of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a key enabler of FAO’s Strategic Framework 2022-31, and a bedrock of United Nations’ (UN) reform.

The reform of the UN development system (UNDS) involves a set of far-reaching changes in the way it works to help countries achieve the SDGs. An important foundation of the reform is leveraging partnerships at all levels, including UN partnerships.

While the rationale for partnerships is generally understood, and FAO already engages in a wide spectrum of partnerships with other UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes, and the pathway to transformative UN partnerships is not always clear.

The Partnerships and UN Collaboration division (PSU), in collaboration with the UN System Staff College, is developing a new Roadmap on transformative UN partnerships as part of a two-year process intended to build a collective commitment to UN partnerships across FAO, along with the capacities and tools to implement, build and improve partnerships at all levels of the organization.

The FAO UN partnerships roadmap explained through interactive workshops – with a regional and country focus

To help FAO country and regional offices understand the needs and opportunities, PSU, with the support of HQ Partnerships Focal Points from OER, OCB, CJW, ESN, CFI, has created a series of online workshops with a focus on FAO’s global priority UN partnerships and how to strengthen these in specific countries.

Happening between March and May 2023, each two-hour, interactive workshop will focus on selected UN partnerships chosen by the regions, diving into:

  • Enhancing connections between country and regional offices and HQ technical leads for transformative UN partnerships.
  • Increasing country and regional offices’ understanding of UN partners’ comparative strengths.
  • Providing updates on global developments on FAO’s transformative UN partnerships.
  • Building HQ understanding of regional and country-level barriers and opportunities for these partnerships.

Exploring strategies to engage with and strengthen transformative UN partnerships in specific countries.

FAO Representatives, Partnerships and Policy Officers are encouraged to attend, with the schedule as follows:

RNE 20 March, 9.30am-11.30am CET

RAP 22 March, 8.30am-10.30am CET

RLC 18 April 2.30pm-4.30pm CET

RAF 20 April, 2.30pm-4.30pm CET

REU 15 May 9.30am-11.30amCET

For more information feel free to reach out to PSU-Director.

  • Partners