Under Development

Sectoral Scope

13. Waste handling and disposal

14. Agriculture, forestry, and other land use (AFOLU)

Development ID#



Concept Note

This methodology applies to project activities that involve interventions in the food system. The methodology will quantify upstream emission reductions (i.e., emissions associated with food production) and downstream interventions. Downstream interventions include:

  1. shifts to planetary healthy diets (i.e., increased consumption of plant-rich foods and decreased consumption of animal sources) and
  2. reducing Food Loss Waste (FLW).

The methodology will incorporate the procedures from the recently released VM00046 Methodology for Reducing Food Loss and Waste, which quantifies downstream emission reductions from reducing FLW, to create a single modular framework that can quantify impact across the entire food supply chain.


Verra is working with Circle Economy (external), Green Data Consulting and WRAP (external) to develop this methodology. The organization Eaternity is also collaborating in a supporting role to develop a performance benchmark.

The methodology is currently at “Step 2: Concept Note development” of the VCS Methodology Development and Review Process, 4.3 (PDF).

Stakeholders interested in collaborating during methodology development or developing projects that this methodology might enable are encouraged to contact Please include the Methodology Development ID #M0169 in the subject line.