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CLIFF-GRADS Awardees 2020

Thirty-one early-career scientists from 14 developing countries will each receive research awards to boost their scientific capability in the third round of the GRA and CGIAR Research Programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) joint CLIFF-GRADS initiative for 2020.

Nearly 300 applicants from 42 developing countries applied to this latest round of the programme, as compared to 212 applicants in the second round earlier this year.

Awardees will work in a range of research fields including rumen microbiology, rice production, soil science, rangeland management, and other topics.

The 2020 Awardees are:

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Awardees From Host organisation Project topic
Abdulhakeem Ahmad Lawal Nigeria Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, Ghana Integration of trees into farming systems to increase yield, resilience and carbon stocks.
Abraham Abera Feyissa Ethiopia Bureau of Animal Husbandry and Genetics Improvement, Department of Livestock Development, Thailand Quantification of carbon foot prints in dairy farms for various feeding management in Thailand.
Amahnui George Amenchwi Cameroon Northern Plains Agricultural Research Laboratory, USDA-ARS, USA Greenhouse gas emissions and soil carbon sequestration with tillage systems and crop types.
Antony Mlambo Zimbabwe Bindura University, Zimbabwe Assessing the impacts of contour based water harvesting technologies, soil water retention membranes and nutrient management options on soil organic carbon accumulation and greenhouse gas emissions from coarse-textured soils in Zimbabwe.
Babak Darabighane Iran Natural Research Institute, Finland Mitigation of methane emissions and capturing the effects of diet on GHG emissions from Finnish dairy production system.
Bethel Geremew Shefine Ethiopia Soil and Water Conservation Research Unit, USDA-ARS, USA Using a Tier II Model (CQESTR) to Predict Soil Organic Carbon Storage and CO2 Emissions.
Bulelani Nangamso Pepeta South Africa Institute of Agricultural Research (INIA), Chile Can acetate supply reduce methane emissions when providing highly fermentable diets in dairy cows?
Cham Donald Adégbéïga Alabi Benin National Institute of Agricultural Technology (INTA), Argentina Use of lipids in dairy systems as a strategy of adaptation and mitigation to climate change.
Chukwuebuka Christopher Okolo Nigeria Bangor University, UK N2O consumption in subsoils: A hidden sink?
Durba Kashyap India Wageningen UR, Netherlands Evaluating effects of increased use of animal manure in horticulture on agricultural greenhouse gas emissions.
Erick Rodrigo da Silva Santos Brazil Bangor University, UK Tracing the contribution of deep roots to soil carbon sequestration using isotopic tracers.
Fabiano Barbosa Alecrim Brazil National Institute of Agricultural Technology (INTA), Uruguay Quantification of nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions from beef, milk and crop-pasture rotational production systems in Uruguay.
Fernanda Leite Brazil National Institute of Agricultural Technology (INTA), Argentina Greenhouse gases emission from crops fertilised with dairy manure in Argentina.
Glory Ikponmwosa Edwards Nigeria International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Vietnam The GHG emission potential of the SRP practices for sustainable rice cultivation.
Israel Oliveira Ramalho Brazil National Institute of Agricultural Technology (INTA), Argentina Legumes use in grassland systems of the Argentinean Pampas region: soil quality and greenhouse gas emissions.
Juan de Jesus Vargas Martinez Colombia Institute of Agricultural Research (INIA), Chile Integrating mitigation strategies to decrease methane emissions of dairy cows in pastoral systems.
Maria Eliza Turek Brazil ISRIC, World Soil Information, Netherlands Mapping soil organic carbon change to support climate change mitigation.
Mary Ngaiwi Eyeniyeh Cameroon International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), Colombia Implementing sustainable agricultural and livestock systems for simultaneous targeting of forest conservation for climate change mitigation (REDD+) and peace-building in Colombia.
Muhammed Adebayo Arowolo Nigeria Institute of Agricultural Research (INIA), Chile Directed evolution of rumen microbial cultures towards the identification and stimulation of electron sinks alternative to methanogenesis.
Ong Quoc Cuong Vietnam International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Vietnam Assessing the economic and climate impacts of improved post-harvest practices along the rice value chain.
Pénéloppe Gbênouwa Thertulienne Gnavo Benin Bureau of Animal Husbandry and Genetics Improvement, Department of Livestock Development, Thailand Evaluating environmental impacts of the beef cow-calf system by the life cycle assessment method in Thailand.
Primitiva Andrea Mboyerwa Tanzania Soil and Water Conservation Research Unit, USDA-ARS, USA Assessing Impact of Cover Crop on Nitrogen Use Efficiency and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Project.
Ricardo Cesário dos Santos Brazil Massey University, New Zealand Assessment of total denitrification, nitrous oxide emissions, and nitrate leaching in pasture soils with and without shelterbelts.
Sani Idris Nigeria Universidad Nacional de Buenos Aires, Argentina Measurement of the methane oxidation potential and respiration rate in soils submitted to different uses.
Sara Stephanie Valencia Salazar Colombia International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), Colombia Evaluating enteric methane and excreta based nitrous oxide emissions associated with tropical forage legumes.
Shimbahri Mesfin Gebreslase Ethiopia Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (EMBRAPA), Brazil Influence of forage legumes and N fertiliser on N2O emissions in grazed tropical pastures.
Sruthi P India Institute of Agrifood Research and Technology (IRTA), Spain Post-harvest management in rice paddy fields for carbon budget optimisation.
Tegegnework Gebremedhin Ethiopia International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Vietnam Temporal patterns of methane emissions from rice in the Vietnamese Mekong Delta: Impact of ambient meteorological conditions.
Tsegay Teklebrhan Gebremariam Ethiopia AgResearch Limited, New Zealand Ranking forage-based diets for ruminant methane and nitrogen emissions.
Vanina Giselle Maguire Argentina Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Spain Adding value to rumen methane mitigation compounds through increasing animal efficiency.
Wendy Mercedes Ramírez-Suárez Cuba Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (EMBRAPA), Brazil Technologies and practices to increase C sequestration in integrated crop-livestock system on a humid tropical savannah.



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