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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 GRA at a glance.

The Global Research Alliance was launched in December 2009 and now has 62 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.

Why the Alliance?

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.

There are opportunities to reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions intensity and increase soil carbon sequestration while still helping meet food security objectives. For example, improving the efficiency and productivity of agricultural systems through better management practices and techniques can go a long way to reducing emissions intensity, and help build the resilience of these systems to meet the increasing demand for food in a sustainable manner.

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 measures of GHG 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.

The GRA Framework

The GRA was launched in December 2009 and continues to grow in membership, with more than 60 countries reaching all regions of the world.

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.

The GRA’s 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.

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.

Building capacity and sharing knowledge and research experiences between countries and organisations is an important way of strengthening international links and increasing cooperation and collaboration.

Several member countries of the Global Research Alliance have made fellowships and awards programmes available to international participants as a contribution to this effort. This page provides summary information on these schemes and links to find out more. If you would like us to list a new fellowship or award opportunity, please Contact Us.

CLIFF-GRADS
USDA Global Research Alliance Fellowships
LEARN (Livestock Emissions and Abatement Network) Fellowships
Global Research Alliance Senior Scientist (GRASS) Award

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The Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases brings countries together to find ways to grow more food without growing greenhouse gas emissions. If you have a question, please email us at [email protected]