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Globally, around 14% of all greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions come from agricultural activities; in New Zealand, the figure is nearly 50% (see inventory). Our emissions profile and our well-established scientific research programmes to mitigate GHG emissions from temperate pastoral livestock systems have made New Zealand a key contributor to the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA).

Right: Minister Damien O’Connor giving his welcoming speech at the Conference on Agricultural GHG Emissions and Food Security in Berlin, Germany 2018


The GRA aims to:

  • Share knowledge on current best practices to reduce the GHG emissions intensity of agricultural production.
  • Align existing agricultural GHG research programmes across Member countries to achieve greater outcomes than any one country alone.

New Zealand’s involvement with the GRA also provides opportunities for our scientists to collaborate with renowned institutes and researchers from around the world, and to share knowledge and expertise with the global science community.

New Zealand’s contributions to the Global Research Alliance

To support the GRA, New Zealand:

  • is a founding member
  • is host of the GRA Secretariat
  • is one of the Co-Chairs of the Livestock Research Group
  • was GRA Council Chair from June 2011- June 2012

The New Zealand Government committed $45 million to the work of the GRA in 2010 and has recently announced a further 20 million out to June 2020. This money is available to fund research in the area of greenhouse gas emissions mitigation in pasture-based temporal livestock systems. The investment is split into two categories: research & development and capability building.

New Zealand is represented in the GRA by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), working closely with the environment and climate change groups from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) and the Ministry for the Environment (MfE). MPI contracts the New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre (NZAGRC) to manage New Zealand’s involvement in the Livestock Research Group and New Zealand’s GRA science research activities.

On this page you will find information on New Zealand’s research collaborations, and our capability building and engagement activities, to support the GRA.

New Zealand Alliance Contacts

Dr Harry Clark


Livestock Research Group Co-Chair


Professor Louis Schipper

University of Waikato

Croplands Research Group


Dr Mike Beare

Plant and Food Research

Croplands Research Group


Dr Peter Ettema


Integrated Research Group


Research Collaborations

New Zealand supports research collaborations through the four funds:funds Projects within these funds are divided into three main areas of research: methane, nitrous oxide, and soil carbon. A list of projects can be found below.

Research Projects

Research is divided into methane, soil carbon, and nitrous oxide projects, as well as whole farm systems projects. Click on the appropriate heading below to view each detailed list.

1. Methane Research Projects
2. Soil Carbon Research Projects
3. Nitrous Oxide Research Projects
4. Whole Farm Systems Projects

Capability Building

These projects aim to help developing countries improve their ability to understand, measure and mitigate greenhouse gas emissions from pastoral livestock agriculture, drawing on New Zealand’s extensive experience and expertise in this area. New Zealand supports regional capability projects, technical training and regional workshops as well as fellowships and awards. Participants in Rome during the October 2017 GRA-WFO study tour

LEARN and GRASS Awards
Regional Capability Projects, Regional Workshops, and Technical Training
Engagement Activities
CLIFF-GRADS Scholarship