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March 13, 2023   •   News

Screening of Applications Begins: Immediately and continues until position is filled. For best consideration, apply by March 17, 2022.

Location: Kansas, USA

The USDA Southern Plains Climate Hub is partnering with Kansas State University to recruit a postdoc (Hub Fellow) that will be based in Manhattan, KS and will work with Logan Thompson, Susan Metzger and Andrés F. Cibils. They are seeking a highly motivated individual to work on livestock grazing and GHG dynamics in the Southern Plains.

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March 6, 2023   •   News

Participants from 10 member countries of the Global Research Alliance (GRA) recently attended a meeting to plan the new GRA Flagship project “Development of context-specific emissions factors from the application of nitrogenous fertilisers” which was hosted by the Agricultural Climate Research Centre in Teagasc.

Nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions from agricultural applications of nitrogenous fertiliser can vary significantly depending on how, where and when a fertilizer is used. Modifying farm systems and making changes to management practices, such as fertilizer type, timing, amount, rate and location of fertilizer application, has been shown to dramatically influence the amount of N2O being emitted.

Marta Alfaro from Chile explained that the goal of the Flagship project is to encourage global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from nitrogenous fertilizer by enabling its usage to be more accurately reflected in national level greenhouse gas accounting, and to optimize nitrogen use efficiency in croplands and grasslands.

Tony van der Weerden from AgResearch New Zealand highlighted that quantifying the emissions from applying nitrogenous fertilizers in different situations in national inventories is a significant challenge for many countries. The Flagship project will greatly help in improving national greenhouse gas inventories around the world and identify practices for farmers to reduce emissions.

In Ireland and New Zealand research funding from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine in Ireland and the Ministry of Primary Industries in New Zealand has been secured to build an international database to support greenhouse gas modelling for grassland soils. Dominika Krol, Teagasc said; ”This will help to support the GRA flagship project to compile existing data, and undertake new field measurements, to develop context specific emissions factors relating to the application of nitrogenous fertilizers for the purpose of inventory improvement including N2O mitigation accounting.”

Karl Richards, Teagasc said that these exciting international projects are important ongoing research activities in the Teagasc Agricultural Climate Research Centre to help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from farms in Ireland and internationally.

Further Information

March 2, 2023   •   News

An online consultation is being organized by the FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia on good examples and practices on green agriculture in the region but also beyond.

Your contributions to the online debate will be compiled and analyzed and will inform future work on the development of guidance for strengthening science-policy interfaces as well as science- and evidence-based policy processes for greening agrifood systems.

Please register to the Regional Technical Platform on Green Agriculture here to create new threads of discussions.

If you would like to receive similar information from FAO you can join the Livestock, Climate and Environment Community of Action here.

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November 2022

Webinar: Future Farm Systems – shaping a low-emissions future for agriculture

November 16, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am NZDT

Join the NZAGRC for the next of their State of Science webinars, this time focused on their research into options for mitigating agricultural greenhouse gas emissions. Topic: Future Farm Systems Programme - shaping a low-emissions future for agriculture Presenter: Erica van Reenen (AgFirst) and Lee Matheson (Perrin Ag) Chair: Nicky Hyslop (Farmer Director, Beef + Lamb New Zealand Board and member of the NZAGRC’s Stakeholder Advisory Group) In mid-2022, after a year-long scoping phase, the NZAGRC launched a new ‘Future…

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Webinar: Predicting Soil Organic Carbon Dynamics in Long-term Agricultural Experiments

November 28, 2022 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm UTC

Join the GRA Croplands Research Group for their next webinar titled "Predicting Soil Organic Carbon Dynamics in Long-term Agricultural Experiments Using the CQESTR Model" presented by Dr Hero Gollany (USDA). Register HERE.

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December 2022

Training of Trainers on Digital Climate Advisory Services (DCSA) in West Africa

December 8, 2022 @ 9:00 am - December 9, 2022 @ 5:00 pm GMT

The Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) in Partnership with the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) is putting together the “Training of Trainers on Digital Climate Advisory Services (DCSA) in West Africa”. The training is scheduled as follows:- Date: December 8th and 9th 2022- Time: 09:00 am Greenwich Mean Time Kindly register for this training using the zoom link HERE. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the training. Training Conditions: 1. The trainee…

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Webinar: Implementing climate action through peatlands

December 8, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm CET

Join Wetlands International and their collaborators for the 2nd session in their webinar series on peatlands and climate commitments. The webinar will discuss how to implement peatland-related climate commitments (including those contained in NDCs and LTS), empowering countries to implement climate action in peatland landscapes, taking into account the many tools and resources available, good practices and lessons learned. Case examples from different regions will be presented. There will also be an ‘Ask the Expert’ space allocated, where you will…

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Webinar: ReGenerative Grazing as a Soil, Climate, and Livelihoods Solution

December 14, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm UTC

Join the international “4 per 1000” Initiative and their partners from Soil4Climate for their upcoming webinar titled “ReGenerative Grazing as a Soil, Climate, and Livelihoods Solution: The Science, Practice and Policy” on Wednesday 14 December at 17:00 UTC. The event will look at the science, practices and policies of regenerative grazing as a soil, climate, and livelihoods solution. Particular attention will be given to grasslands, soils, and pastoral people and agriculturally dependent communities. You can find the Zoom link and…

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January 2023

Joint CRG & IRG Meeting

January 17 @ 8:00 am - January 18 @ 5:00 pm CET

The GRA Croplands and Integrative Research Group are holding a joint meeting in Seville, Spain on the 17th and 18th of January 2023. The joint meeting will be held before the IX Congreso Internacional de Agroecología in Seville, Spain, which runs from 19-21 January 2023. The abstract submission deadline is 15 October 2022. The IX Congreso Internacional de Agroecología will have sessions in any of the following languages: English, Portuguese and Spanish, but without simultaneous translation. This is an invitation…

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February 2023

Webinar: “Rethinking Tools To Assess Impacts From Dairy Farms Beyond GHG Emissions”

February 9 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm CET

The GRA Farm to Regional Scale Integration Network are very happy to invite you to their upcoming webinar on the topic “Rethinking Tools To Assess Impacts From Dairy Farms Beyond Greenhouse Gas Emissions”: Date: Thursday, 9th February 2023 Hours: 15.00 – 16.00 CET (GMT+1) Registration link: https://thuenen.webex.com/weblink/register/r5f531793c543000711c641cda7d2a586 Agenda: After the webinar, we are offering an optional 30 minutes Deep Dive Session (16.00 – 16.30 CET) with some of the speakers to discuss further open questions. We are very much looking forward to welcoming many…

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2023 CaSSECS annual meeting

February 20 @ 8:30 am - February 23 @ 4:00 pm WAT

The programme for the 2023 CaSSECS annual meeting (to be held in Niamey, Niger) can be found below. If you would like to attend the meeting, or would like further information, please contact Anaïs Boury-Esnault.

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Webinar: Methane emissions from manure management – monitoring and mitigation

February 23 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm CET

In this webinar, Anne Mottet (FAO), Dong Hongmin (Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences) and Andrew Vanderzaag (Agriculture & AgriFood Canada) will first present global trends in livestock production and methane emissions, and discuss methods of monitoring, mitigation and accounting. A new approach for estimation of methane emissions from manure management via measurements and an empirical model will then be introduced. This methodology was investigated in the ERA-Net project M4Models and will be presented by Søren O. Petersen and Paria Seefedpari. 

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New Zealand Agricultural Climate Change Conference 2023

February 28 @ 8:00 am - March 2 @ 5:00 pm NZDT

The New Zealand Agricultural Climate Change Conference and associated meetings will be held from 28 February thru 2 March 2023 at Te Papa, Wellington. The two-day conference will showcase the latest research and policy developments and implementation actions being undertaken to reduce agricultural greenhouse gases in New Zealand. The conference is aimed at primary sector, science and government leaders and practitioners interested in agricultural greenhouse gas and climate change developments and the latest research on reducing agricultural greenhouse gas emissions. Updates will be posted on the NZAGRC website. 

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March 2023

Webinar: Assessing the Greenhouse Gas Impacts of Agriculture Policies

March 16 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm CET

ICAT and GHGMI invite you to a webinar on the ICAT Agriculture Methodology: Assessing the Greenhouse Gas Impacts of Agriculture Policies When: 16 March 2023 Time: 08:00-09:30 Eastern Standard / 14:00-15:30 Central European /16:00-17:30 East African / 21:00-22:30 China Standard Time Open to all interested persons, including representatives of governments and their partners involved in planning, implementing, and/or assessing greenhouse gas emissions in the context of producing national low-carbon strategies or meeting their commitments to the Paris Agreement. Registration now…

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Webinar: Putting smallholder farmers at the center of sustainable food systems

March 20 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm CET

Information shared on behalf of GRA Partner, Environmental Defense Fund: Smallholder farmers represent 80% of farmers in North Africa. They have a fundamental role in delivering sustainable food systems, but as underscored by the Food and Agriculture Organization, many experience poverty, food insecurity, and limited access to markets and services. In this webinar hosted by Danone Ecosystem, we will provide you with concrete examples of North African projects, including H’lib Bladi in Morocco, Alban Baladna in Egypt, and H'lib Dzair…

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