AgResearch is offering an exciting opportunity to join their world-leading, award-winning Rumen Microbiology team as a Senior Scientist, and help their research on reducing biogenic greenhouse gas emissions in climate change mitigation. Learn more & apply HERE.
The Niu Lab at ETH Zurich is seeking two motivated, team-oriented individuals with a strong interest in the interface of basic and applied research in agricultural and animal nutrition sciences to enhance understanding of nutrient utilization efficiency and improve the sustainability of livestock systems.
The potential research topics include:
Investigate dietary strategies to mitigate environmental impacts (GHG emissions and N excretions) of dairy cattle
Understand the gut microbial composition of dairy cattle in response to dietary changes
Assess the impact of climate changes on dairy cattle
Integrate precision dairy farming technologies and data analysis, mathematical and statistical modelling and artificial intelligence to improve the health and welfare of dairy cattle
A recording of the GRA CSA side event, which took place during the Africa Science and Partnership for Agriculture Conference (SPAC) in September 2022 in Accra, Ghana, co-hosted by NZAGRC and ILRI, is now available.
The side event titled “Gaining Ground: A Workshop to Strengthen collaborations to advance Climate-Smart Agriculture” sought to showcase science-based practices that illustrate pathways to climate-smart, low-emission agricultural development and to identify steps needed to improve global and regional collaboration for long-term climate-smart agriculture (CSA) transformation.
Participants reported the training and experience exchanges were very useful for improving the design of CSA practices. Insights emerged related to illustrating adaptation and mitigation co-benefits, enhancing collaboration between research institutions and governments, scaling viable CSA technologies, efficient communication channels, robust data collection/information management systems, and that local adoption requires demonstrating the efficacy of CSA interventions in each national context.
Speakers at the side event included:
Dr Claudia Arndt, Senior Scientist and Co-leader, Mazingira Centre ILRI, Kenya
Dr Ackim Mwape, Africa Programme Lead NZAGRC, New Zealand
Dr Wilhelmina Quaye, Director CSIR-Science and Technology Policy Research Institute, Ghana
Dr Kofi Konadu Boateng, Program Associate for Agriculture, Global Methane Hub (GMH)
FAO are looking for a part-time consultant, who will support development of technical capacity in seven SEC countries to apply the Livestock Environmental Assessment Partnership’s (LEAP) Guidelines for quantification of the impact of livestock on biodiversity.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.
Further details about the role and how to apply can be found HERE.
A recording of the recent CLIFF-GRADS event, which took place in the Food and Agriculture Pavilion at the UN Climate Change Conference 2022 (COP27), co-hosted by CGIAR, FAO and The Rockefeller Foundation, is now available to view.
About the event: The Climate, Food and Farming, Global Research Alliance Development Scholarships Programme (CLIFF-GRADS) offers exciting opportunities for early career scientists from low- and middle-income countries to learn to conduct applied research in agricultural greenhouse gas emission quantification and mitigation. In this session, some of these young scientists will share how the experience they acquired through this program has boosted their careers.
Harry Clark (Acting Special Representative, GRA) – Moderator
Titis Apdini (Joint Programming Officer, Wageningen University and Research) – CLIFF-GRADS alumna
Kofi Boateng (Agriculture Program Associate, Global Methane Hub) – CLIFF-GRADS alumnus
Charles Spillane (Established Professor (Chair) of Plant Science and Director of the Ryan Institute for Sustainable Development at the University of Galway, Ireland) – CLIFF-GRADS Administration
We are excited to announce that 46 PhD candidates from low- and middle-income countries will receive scholarships in Round 5 of the Climate, Food and Farming – Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases Development Scholarships programme (CLIFF-GRADS).
The Round 5 CLIFF-GRADS fellows come from 18 countries from Asia, Africa, and Latin America and the Caribbean. For six months starting early 2023, they will undertake applied research on quantifying and mitigating agriculture greenhouse gas emissions at 29 institutes in a total of 19 countries.
The full list of awardees, their research projects and the 29 host institutes that they will be hosted by can be found below.
CLIFF-GRADS offers short research visits of up to 6 months providing opportunities for early-career scientists to gain exposure to equipment, software and expertise that they would not otherwise have access to at their home institute.
During their research visit CLIFF-GRADS recipients will research rumen microbiology, rice production, soil emissions, and pasture management, among other topics.
We’d especially like to acknowledge the support of fellow GRA country members and international partners, particularly Mitigate+: Research for Low Emissions Food Systems (Mitigate+) for supporting these technical training opportunities for students.
The Round 5 awardees are:
Listed by Name, Nationality, Host Organisation and Project Topic
Abasi Ryan Giggs Kigozi Uganda INIA Remehue, Osorno Chile Effects of supplementation with wheat bran on methane production and nitrogen use efficiency of dairy cows fed grass diets (#20)
Abubakar Gero Nigeria Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina, Peru Evaluation of promising agro-industrial by-products to increase dairy production and reduce Enteric Methane Emission of cattle in the Peruvian Amazon Region (#21)
Adnan Arshad Pakistan Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade of the Northern Territory Government, Australia Developing an Intelligent Greenhouse Management System to Monitor the Greenhouse Gas Emissions (#55)
Amsalu Tilahun Fite Ethiopia Jimma University, Ethiopia Long-term effect of biochar-based soil amendments on greenhouse gas emissions in low-input cropping systems (#1)
Anusha B S. India The James Hutton Institute, Scotland Evaluating the potential of Community Natural Farming in mitigating greenhouse gas emissions, food security and poverty alienation in India (#50)
Ashenafi Ali Abduljelil Ethiopia ISRIC – World Soil Information, Wageningen Netherlands Generating quality-assessed soil information to support climate-smart agriculture in Ethiopia (#4)
Bárbara Yaislyn Ortíz Hurtado Cuba Spanish Research Council, Spain Testing feed additives to reduce enteric methane emissions (#22)
Caleb Sagwa Barasa Kenya INTA, EEA Cesáreo Naredo, Argentina Impacts of the inclusion of bioactive compounds into the diet of cattle on the emission of GHGs from depositions (#34)
Charleni Crisóstomo Brazil INTA, EEA Manfredi, Argentina In vitro assessment of ideal level of inclusion of by-products in beef cattle diets for decreasing methane emissions and enhance ruminal N metabolism (#42)
Codjo Mawunou Esteban Hénoc Medenou Benin International Livestock Research Institute, Kenya Enhancing assessment of cattle GHG emissions in African agro-pastoral systems: making use of high-frequency survey data collection (#32)
Coffi Leonce Geoffroy Sossa Benin Soil and Water Conservation Research Unit, USA Using CQESTR Model to Predict Soil Organic Carbon Changes and CO2 Emissions (#5)
Comlan René Yaovi Benin Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT, Ethiopia Modelling and predicting SOC sequestration potentials of SLMP watersheds in Ethiopia (#60)
Dargo Kebede Alemie Ethiopia International Livestock Research Institute, Kenya Soil respiration, microbial biomass, and plant root growth to assess belowground carbon cycling in a semi-arid Kenyan rangeland (#57)
Demissie Dawana Keche Ethiopia International Livestock Research Institute, Kenya Optimizing anaerobic digestion process for climate mitigation, enhanced energy and nutrient recovery from cattle manure (#30)
Emmanuella-Doeko’os Zachariah Awang Nigeria INTA Balcarce, Buenos Aires, Argentina Dairy manure application to pecan in CICALS as a strategy to mitigate greenhouse gases emissions and enhance carbon sequestration (#27)
Escain Kiwonde Tanzania Rothamsted Research Okehampton Devon, UK Greenhouse gas emissions associated with conservation agriculture from UK cropland using the DENitrification incubation system (DENIS) (#15)
Ezequiel Jesús Teran Argentina UiT, The Arctic University of Norway, Norway Effects of disturbance on CH4 uptake capacity and physiology of atmospheric CH4 oxidizing bacteria (#2)
Flavia Olguin Argentina INIA-CSIC, Spain Influence of the soil sampling protocol in the total Soil Carbon Stock at regional level (#6)
Gérard Xavier Djidjoho Gbenou Benin INRAE, Centre ARA-Theix, France Exploring the role of methylotrophic methanogenesis in the rumen (#23)
Gonfa Kewessa Hunde Ethiopia Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT, Ethiopia Evaluating the potentials of CSA Practices for Mitigating Soil Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Agricultural Land in Central Highland of Ethiopia (#8)
Issaka Abdou Razakou Kiribou Burkina Faso University of Costa Rica Modeling water use efficiency and atmospheric carbon uptake in a coffee plantation (#48)
Iván Filip Argentina Algarve University, Portugal Economics of GHG mitigation at farm level of cattle production systems in Portugal (#35)
Karen Debora Ponieman Argentina Bangor University, UK The effect of circularity in agriculture on greenhouse gas emissions (#51)
Lívia Chagas de Lima Brazil INTA, Argentina Modelling Beef Cattle Production Systems in Argentinian Pampas: an Approach for Estimating Marginal Abatement Cost Curves (#33)
Ludy Keino Kenya International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Kenya Testing manure management interventions for their potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and nutrient leaching losses in smallholder systems (#58)
M’koumfida Bagbohouna Togo International Rice Research Institute, Vietnam Transforming to low-emission food systems through community-led co-design and experimental learning in Vietnam (#52)
Malede Atanaw Ethiopia Ruminants Research Group, Switzerland Measuring housing-based emissions under natural ventilation using the tracer ratio method when cows are part-time grazing (#41)
Mercedes Busto Argentina Soil and Water Conservation Research Unit, USA Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Intercropped Legumes in Winter Wheat under Dryland Cropping Systems (#12)
Monday Usman Nigeria Ministry of Agriculture & Land Reclamation, Egypt Assessment of greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural sources in order to plan for the needs of a low carbon economy at the local level (#54)
Muhammed Nurye Gebeyehu Ethiopia INIA La Estanzuela, Uruguay Mitigation of GHG livestock emissions under grazing conditions over improved native grasslands with high tannin legumes (#44)
Ndifreke Stanislaus Udo Nigeria INTA, Balcarce Evaluating the application of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi to reduce N2O emissions (#11)
Nut Naret Cambodia University of Costa Rica Costa Rican rainfed rice system adapted to a transplant phase and its effect on soil carbon and on N2O sources. (#45)
Pamela Madududu Zimbabwe Wageningen Livestock research, Netherlands Evaluating integral sustainability of livestock and arable farms in the EU ClieNFarms project (#61)
Paul Mwangi Kenya Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Agropecuaria, Estación Experimental Agropecuaria Manfredi, Argentina Enteric methane emissions, nitrogen excretion and animal performance when including local by-products in beef steers grazing alfalfa (#28)
Reagan Anguie Bol Lewis South Sudan Thünen Institute, Germany Economics of GHG mitigation at farm level of cattle production systems (#36)
Rita Sedem Yaa Goka Ghana ETH Zurich, Switzerland Biophysical performance of dynamic agroforestry vs. traditional cultivation systems in cocoa production in Ghana (#49)
Rosemery dos Santos Cape Verde IFAPA Camino de Purchil, Spain Integrating cost-effective mitigation strategies to increase soil organic carbon (#17)
Rotimi Ibitoye Nigeria CIFICEN (UNCPBA-CICPBA-CONICET), Argentina Soil use effect on GHG fluxes (#13)
Rumbidzai Winnet Nyawasha Zimbabwe Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT, Ethiopia Attributing the SOC change and dynamics to land use change, land management and climate change in Ethiopia (#10)
Stallone Soares Sao Tome and Principe CEBAS-CSIC, Spain SOC stabilization mechanisms and their regulation factors under different climate-smart agricultural practices and Mediterranean conditions (#9)
Sylvia Imbuhila Buleti Kenya Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), Kenya Measuring the contribution of push-pull technology to climate change mitigation (#56)
Tegegn Fantahun Chernet Ethiopia International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Kenya Assessing biogas performance, socio-economic and environmental impacts of farm-scale biogas plants digesting manure in Ethiopia and Kenya (#29)
Temilade Adegbite Nigeria Instituto de Investigaciones Agropecuarias, Centro Regional de Investigación Remehue, Chile Development of nitrous oxide emission factors associated to the use of foliar nanoformulations (#14)
Thi Huong Giang Nguyen Vietnam AgResearch, New Zealand Circularity and sustainability evaluation of integrated crop-ruminant livestock systems through farm modelling (#40)
Tobi Akinropo Nigeria INRAe-UMRH, France Regional databases to evaluate goodness of fit of GHG prediction models (#25)
Wondimagegne Bekele Ethiopia National Institute of Agricultural Technology (INTA), Argentina Evaluating strategies for ruminant methane abatement of Argentina livestock systems. (#26)
Keep an eye out for further information about the awardees coming soon.
See HERE for the Mitigate+ official media release.
AboutCLIFF-GRADS: CLIFF-GRADS is a joint initiative of the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA) and the CGIAR Initiative on Low-Emission Food Systems, also known as Mitigate+. CLIFF-GRADS aims to build the capability of early career agricultural students in developing countries to conduct applied research on climate change mitigation in agriculture. Funding is provided by the New Zealand Government, the CGIAR Trust Fund and bilateral agreements in support of Mitigate+.
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