The Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases brings countries together to find ways to grow more food without growing greenhouse gas emissions. It was launched in December 2009.
On this page you can find more information about the Global Research Alliance (GRA) and why it is needed.
The Global Research Alliance was launched in December 2009 and now has 61 member countries from all regions of the world. For more information on the membership, please see the Community pages.
The Global Research Alliance is focused on research, development and extension of technologies and practices that help deliver ways to grow more food (and more climate-resilient food systems) without growing greenhouse gas emissions.
The Global Research Alliance is founded on the voluntary, collaborative efforts of countries. Its membership and governance arrangements are underpinned by a Charter, signed by all participating countries.
This Charter establishes the GRA Council, which is the representative body of all member countries. The current Chair of the Council is Indonesia.
Members of the Global Research Alliance 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. 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 and best practice, and capacity building among scientists and other practitioners. The aim is to develop breakthrough solutions in addressing agricultural greenhouse gas emissions.
A Secretariat, currently hosted by New Zealand, supports the work of the Council and the Research Groups. The structure of the Global Research Alliance is explained in the following diagram:
The Global Research Alliance promotes an active exchange of data, people and research to help improve the ways that agricultural greenhouse gas research is conducted and to enhance participating countries’ scientific capability. Global Research Alliance members work with farmers and farmer organisations, the private sector, international and regional research institutions, foundations, and non-governmental organisations to improve the sharing of research results, technologies and good practices and get these out on the ground.
More information about the formation of the Global Research Alliance is provided in an editorial for the Carbon Management Journal [PDF] from June 2011.