Why the GRA?
Agriculture plays a vital role in food security, poverty reduction and sustainable development. The agriculture sector is impacted by climate change, is a significant source of greenhouse gases and faces significant challenges in meeting a dramatic increase in global food demand, while reducing its contribution to greenhouse gas emissions.
Activities of the GRA are increasingly relevant to both global and national priorities as more importance is placed on global food security and the resilience of agricultural systems. GRA member countries and partner organisations engaging in these processes should make use of, and contribute to, the expertise and evidence-based research available through the GRA.
Improving the quantification of agricultural greenhouse gas emissions under different management scenarios will also be key to understanding best practice. Many countries already have research underway to better understand, measure, and manage agricultural greenhouse gases emissions. By linking up these efforts through the GRA, we can achieve faster progress towards the solutions needed for improving agricultural productivity and reducing its greenhouse gas emissions.
How the GRA works
The GRA provides a framework for voluntary action to increase cooperation and investment in research activities to help reduce the emissions intensity of agricultural production systems and increase their potential for soil carbon sequestration, and improve their efficiency, productivity, resilience and adaptive capacity, thereby contributing in a sustainable way to overall mitigation efforts, while still helping meet food security objectives.
Members of the GRA aim to deepen and broaden mitigation research efforts across the agricultural sub-sectors of paddy rice, cropping, and livestock, and to coordinate cross-cutting activities across these areas, including promoting synergies between adaptation and mitigation efforts. Research Groups have been set up to address these areas of work, through work plans that bring countries and partners together in research collaborations, knowledge sharing, use of best practices, and capacity building among scientists and other practitioners. The aim is to develop breakthrough solutions in addressing agricultural greenhouse gas emissions.
GRA Flagship projects
The GRA also works collaboratively to deliver Flagship Projects. These are key priority projects that have been identified as uniquely suited to the research expertise and global membership of the GRA. GRA Flagship Projects develop new knowledge to better understand agricultural greenhouse gases, have global relevance and applicability and generate high scientific impact.
GRA Flagship Projects are specific, time-bound projects that have been approved by the GRA Council. They are led by a community of experts within the GRA membership.
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