The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) is looking at ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in irrigated rice farms through efficient water management to adapt and mitigate the impacts of climate change.
See more about IRRI’s presentation at the recent APEC symposium on Climate change here.
IRRI collaborates with the Rice Research Group and attended the third meeting of this Group in November 2011.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in cooperation with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is pleased to announce the 2012 USDA Global Research Alliance (GRA) Fellowships for Colombia, Ghana, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, Philippines, and Vietnam.
USDA, in cooperation with USAID, will support the participation of Alliance member developing countries in the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases through the Global Research Alliance Fellowships. Competitively selected research fellows will work side-by-side with U.S. scientists on climate change mitigation research for up to 3 months. These fellowships will be hosted by USDA’s Agricultural Research Service and/or U.S. universities active in the targeted research areas. U.S. scientists who serve as mentors to the fellows will travel to the fellows’ country for up to 10 days to continue their collaboration on climate change mitigation research. USDA will select U.S. mentors and host institutions for each fellow.
Targeted Research Areas:
- Developing Tools for Greenhouse Gas and Carbon Sequestration Assessments.
- Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions Intensity in Crop Production Systems.
- Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions Intensity in Livestock Production Systems.
- Developing Databases and Strategies for Synthesis, Integration, and Decision Support to Manage Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Carbon Sequestration in Agricultural Systems.
Learn more about these fellowships on the USDA website.
The Croplands Research Group of the Global Research Alliance met for the third time in San Antonio, USA on 20 October 2011. The Third Livestock Research Group meeting was held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands 4-5 November 2011. The Paddy Rice Research Group held its third meeting in Tsukuba, Japan on 18 November 2011.
Summary report of all these meeting are now available from here.
The University of Reading’s Centre for Dairy Research (CEDAR) hosted the Global ReseArCH4 inveN2Ory workshop on Friday 31 October. This UK workshop supported the work of the Global Research Alliance and was an opportunity for academics and industry from across the world to view the latest measurement techniques, particularly around methane and nitrous oxide emitted by livestock, soil and manure. Follow the media links below to read more about the workshop
Large swathes of the world’s grasslands are moderately to severely degraded — restoring them to a healthy state could remove gigatonnes of carbon from the atmosphere and improve resilience to climate change.
The new methodology has been developed by FAO in collaboration with the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Science, the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the World Agroforestry Centre. The collaboration has identified a more reliable and affordable way to measure how much carbon is being trapped in agricultural mitigation projects. Read the article
Expressions of Interest (EOI) for the New Zealand Fund for Global Partnerships in Livestock Emissions Research (the Fund) are now being called. The Fund is aimed at accelerating global research into mitigating greenhouse gas emissions from pastoral livestock farming.
The Fund is open to international scientists, and it is hoped that multi-stakeholder/country consortia bids will be put forward. Projects can be led by New Zealand or international participants, but must include a New Zealand partner. Co-funding from international participants is also required.
Round 1 of the Fund totals NZ$16 million, and supports projects up to four years in duration. The cost of individual projects is expected to be in the range of NZ$1-4 million over the four years.
The Fund will seek proposals in response to a set of high-level research challenges that have been identified by an international strategic science panel, chaired by the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor Professor Sir Peter Gluckman. These challenges are in the areas of:
• Manipulating rumen function
• Reducing nitrous oxide emissions from soils in predominantly grazing livestock systems
• Manipulating the rates of soil carbon change in predominantly grazing livestock systems
• Improved tools for farmer decision making in predominantly grazing livestock systems
There is a two-stage application process beginning with a short expression of interest (EOI) which closes 7 November 2011. Successful EOI applicants are then invited to submit full proposals. Projects from Round 1 that gain approval are expected to commence in July 2012.
Please visit www.maf.govt.nz/nzlivestockemissionsfund to obtain further information on the fund. Alternatively, applicants that wish to can proceed via the Government Electronic Services Tender (GETS) process and obtain the information and documents from www.gets.govt.nz.
The FAO has launched a new Global Soil Partnership for Food security and Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation.
The partnership is developing an Action Plan on sustainable soil management that will develop synergies between partners and bring together work currently being done separately on soil survey, assessment and monitoring, soil productivity, soil carbon, soil biodiversity and ecology and soil and water conservation. Read the article