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CLIFF-GRADS Awardees 2019

The second round of successful candidates of the GRA and CGIAR Research Programme on Climate Change (CCAFS) joint CLIFF-GRADS initiative for 2019 have been announced.

Some 212 applicants from more than 50 developing countries applied to this latest round of the programme, as compared to 65 applicants from 23 countries in the first round earlier this year.

As such, 27 scholarships have been awarded to students from more than 18 countries in this second round.

Scholarship recipients will work in a range of research fields including nutrient management, pasture management, soil and rumen microbiology, tropical agriculture, and greenhouse gas measurement.

The 2019 Awardees are:
Click on their names in the table below to read more.

Name Nationality University Research Project Host Institution Host Country
Abmiael Ortiz-Chura Peru University of Buenos Aires Effect of modulating interspecies electron transfer exchanges on methane production and rumen microbiota composition INRA – National Institute for Agricultural Research, ARA Centre France
Adnan Zahid Pakistan University of the Punjab Using a Tier II Model (CQESTR) to Predict SOC Storage and CO2 Emissions USDA -ARS, Soil and Water Conservation Research Unit USA
Bertin Takoutsing Cameroon Wageningen University Accounting for errors in SOC estimates introduced by proximal sensing methods ISRIC – World Soil Information Netherlands
Bo-Wen Zhang China Institute of Mountain Hazards and Environment, CAS Modeling pH effects on direct N2O from agricultural soils through complex stable isotope labelling  Thünen Institute, Federal Research Institute for Rural Areas, Forestry and Fisheries Germany
Camila Almeida dos Santos Brazil Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro Targeting N2O emission hot-spots in intensive dairy pastures for mitigation action The University of Melbourne Australia
Deysi Ruiz Llontop Peru National Agrarian University La Molina Quantification of carbon footprints in livestock production systems under contrasting management of Argentina National Institute of Agricultural Technology (INTA) Argentina
Hilaire Sanni Worogo Benin University of Parakou Effects of rangeland management on soil carbon sequestration USDA -ARS, Fort Keogh Livestock & Range Research Laboratory USA
Kofi Boateng Ghana Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology Nitrogen fertilizer rate, crop residue amount and soil water content influence on N2O emissions USDA -ARS, Soil and Water Conservation Research Unit USA
Lai Lai Myanmar University of Putra Malaysia Compiling a structured Rice Policy Information Portal and demonstrating its potential use in mitigation projects International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) Philippines
Lamfu Fabrice Yengong Cameroon University of Buea Manure management interventions to mitigate GHG International Livestock Research Institute, Mazingira Centre Kenya
Lucélia de Cássia Rodrigues de Brito Brazil Federal University of Piauí Cover crop and animal manure impacts on soil N2O emissions USDA -ARS, Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, Sustainable Agricultural Systems Laboratory USA
María Carolina Scorcione Turcato Argentina University of Buenos Aires Directed evolution of rumen microbial cultures towards the identification and stimulation of electron sinks alternative to methanogenesis National Agricultural Research Institute (INIA) Chile
Mariana Eloisa Garcia Ascolani Paraguay University of Florida RumenPredict: Predicting appropriate GHG mitigation strategies based on modelling variables that contribute to ruminant environmental impact Queens University UK
Mónica Gabriela Perez Argentina University of Buenos Aires Understanding the controls of N2O in grazed upland and lowland systems Bangor University UK
Noriel Angeles Philippines University of the Philippines Los Baños Toward low methane-emitting rice varieties International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) Philippines
Ntwanano Moirah Malepfane South Africa University of KwaZulu-Natal Comparing deep soil carbon stocks under kiwifruit and pasture land use Plant & Food Research New Zealand
Paul Soremi Nigeria Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta Turning to rice cultivars for solving the CH4 puzzle in irrigated rice systems International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), FLAR Colombia
Pierre Eke Cameroon University of Yaounde Soil organic matter sensitivity to land management impact on grasslands and croplands Thünen Institute, Federal Research Institute for Rural Areas, Forestry and Fisheries Germany
Rangarirayi Lucia Mhindu Zimbabwe Chinhoyi University of Technology GHG emissions from adequately managed rangelands in Kenya International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Mazingira Centre Kenya
Ricardo González Quintero Colombia Universidad de Antioquia. Medellín Measuring ammonia emissions and collecting farm data from Costa Rican dairies Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE) Costa Rica
Samuel Anuga Ghana University of Ghana Just how smart are the climate smart options promoted in the Climate Smart Villages of Nicaragua? International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), FLAR Colombia
Sebastian Bedoya Mazo Colombia University of Antioquia Quantifying Hydrogen fluxes and their impact on methane production equations  National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA), ARA Centre France
Sikiru Yusuf Alasinrin Nigeria Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta Net GHG and soil carbon sequestration in response to tillage systems and cropping sequences USDA -ARS, Northern Plains Agricultural Research Laboratory USA
Thi Thanh Ha Do Vietnam Southern Cross University Assessing (agro)forestry landscape restoration options in livestock-degraded regions of montane Kenya and Tanzania Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) Kenya
Titis Apdini Indonesia Wageningen University Economic implications of GHG mitigation from dairy and beef systems Bangor University UK
Victor Ilich Alvarado Bolovich Peru National Agrarian University La Molina GHG mitigation strategies on cow/calf production systems National Institute of Agricultural Technology (INTA)  Argentina
Yuri Gelsleichter Brazil Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro Assessing the impact of land use change scenarios on soil organic carbon stocks ISRIC – World Soil Information Netherlands

About CLIFF-GRADS: CLIFF-GRADS is a joint initiative of the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change (CCAFS) low emissions development flagship and the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA). 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, and funding for the programme is provided by the Government of New Zealand and by the CGIAR Trust Fund and bilateral agreements in support of CCAFS.