Round 6 CLIFF-GRADS awardees (2023-2024)

We are excited to announce that 40 PhD candidates from low- and middle-income countries will receive scholarships in Round 6 of the Climate, Food and Farming – Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases Development Scholarships programme (CLIFF-GRADS). Along with the 40 students above, 4 awardees from previous rounds–who have been reallocated to new projects–will also start their research stays.

The 44 Round 6 CLIFF-GRADS fellows come from 19 countries from Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Pacific. During 2024, each fellow will undertake applied research on quantifying and mitigating agriculture greenhouse gas emissions at 29 institutes in a total of 21 countries.

The full list of awardees, their research projects and the host institutes where the fellows will be based during their research stays 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 6 awardees are:

Listed by Name, Nationality, Host Organisation, Host Country, and Project Topic

Atish Chand
Nationality: Fiji
Bangor University, United Kingdom
Marginal Abatement Cost Curve of livestock production in East Africa (#28)

Awouminassi Marcellin Atakoun
Nationality: Benin
Instituto Nacional de Investigación Agropecuaria (INIA), Uruguay
Assessing soil nitrogen fluxes and GHG mitigation in integrated crop-livestock production systems (#13)

Ayesha Mustafa
Nationality: Pakistan
National Institute of Agricultural Technology (INTA), Argentina
Management of nitrogen fertilization to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions: environmental impact assessment (#16)

Bamikole Peter Akinde
Nationality: Nigeria
Embrapa Instrumentação Centre, Brazil
Advanced Tools to Soil Carbon Sequestration Analysis from Agricultural Integrated Production Systems (#12)

Bantamlak Yimer
Nationality: Ethiopia
International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Kenya
Greenhouse gas emissions from manure digesting biodigesters in smallholder farms (#54)

Carla Sofía Stadler
Nationality: Argentina
Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research, Norway
Greenhouse gas emissions from managed peatlands in Norway (#5)

Dadirai Chauruka Nee Chinamo
Nationality: Zimbabwe
Plant & Food Research, New Zealand
Benchmarking nitrous oxide emissions in apple orchards (#47)

Daniel Aja
Nationality: Nigeria
The Alliance of Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), Colombia
Monitoring deforestation leakage associated with scaling of sustainable land use systems in Colombia (#31)

Dejene Worku
Nationality: Ethiopia
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Italy
Quantifying potential carbon sequestration from smallholder agroforestry (#62)

Elias Nelly Bapfakurera
Nationality: Rwanda
Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), Kenya
Contribution of fruit trees to climate change mitigation (#53)

Francisco Cafaro La Menza
Nationality: Argentina
Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Spain
Mitigating soil GHG emissions in semiarid croplands through improved management (#49)

Franklin Uvere
Nationality: Nigeria
Climate and Agriculture Group, Agroscope, Switzerland
Mountain grassland soil organic carbon sequestration (#17)

Girmay Darcha Gebramlak
Nationality: Ethiopia
Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Agropecuaria, INTA Balcarce, Argentina
Assessing Carbon Balance in two pecan orchards with different management systems (#50)

Haftu Gebremichael
Nationality: Ethiopia
International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Kenya
Gap-filling carbon dioxide, methane, water and energy fluxes for improved Net Ecosystem Exchange quantification for agricultural systems in Africa (#44)

Inviolata Lusweti
Nationality: Kenya
Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO). Department of Biogeochemistry and Soil Quality, Norway
Biochar and Organic Fertilization to Promote Greenhouse Gases Mitigation and Soil Health in Agroecosystems (#8)

Isaac Bazugba
Nationality: South Sudan 
Alliance of Bioversity International & CIAT, Addis Ababa office, Ethiopia
Agronomic solutions to mitigate soil carbon losses in the agriculture-forestland frontiers (#6)

Jane Omenda
Nationality: Kenya
Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research, Norway
Soil carbon sequestration through diversified cropping systems (#2)

Kedir Abate Fentaw
Nationality: Ethiopia
Bangor University, United Kingdom
Assessing the effect of nanobiochar on soil carbon cycling and soil and plant health (#15)

Kum Christian Tegha
Nationality: Cameroon
Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Tecnología Agraria y Alimentaria, Spain
Soil organic carbon stock on Spanish agricultural soil: Temporal change over the last 20 years (#18)

Lais Leal Da Cunha
Nationality: Brazil
Institute of Global Food Security, Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland
Investigating the influence of microbiomes on ruminant phenotypes: methane emissions and more (#33)

Mebrahtu Haile Berhe
Nationality: Ethiopia
Bangor University, Soils and Ecosystems Research Group, Environment Centre Wales, School of Natural Sciences, United Kingdom
Investigation of biochar applications on C and N dynamics and the rhizosphere microbiome in agricultural peatlands (#10)

Mohamed Boullouz
Nationality: Morocco
Alliance Bioversity International and International Center for Tropical Agriculture, Colombia
Tier 2 methane and nitrous oxide emission factors from rice cropping systems in Colombia and validation of mitigation strategies (#25)

Monica Feksa Frasson
Nationality: Brazil
Estación Experimental del Zaidin, Spanish Research Council (CSIC), Spain
Testing combinations of feed additives to reduce enteric methane production (#36)

Mukund Narayanan
Nationality: India
Food Systems and Bioeconomy Research Centre, Ryan Institute, University of Galway, Ireland
AI-enabled satellite remote sensing for estimation of emissions intensity of rice cropping systems under different CSA mitigation approaches (#20)

Mulundu Mwila
Nationality: Zambia
Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand
Evaluating a potential pathway of nitrous oxide reduction to dinitrogen in agricultural soils (#7)

Murono Dorca Auma
Nationality: Kenya
Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa), Brazil
Refining Soil Conservation and Regenerative Practices to Enhance Carbon Sequestration and Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions (EJP-C-arouNd – Brazil) (#3)

Nabeeha Javed
Nationality: Pakistan 
International Center for Agriculture Research in the Dry Areas, Morocco
Budgeting net CO2 uptake from cereal-legume mixture under conservation agriculture based mixed crop-livestock farming system of rainfed drylands (#56)

Oluwagbemiga Ademola Dada
Nationality: Nigeria
INRAE, France
Regional databases to evaluate goodness of fit of GHG prediction models (#55)

Pawend-Taoré Christian Bougma
Nationality: Burkina Faso
Department of Agronomy, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad Pakistan, Pakistan
Measuring, modelling and mitigation of GHG emissions from rice cultivation through agronomic strategies (#22)

Rachel Mutore Mawire
Nationality: Zimbabwe
University of Eldoret, Kenya
Adaptive Production Practices to Increase Smallholder Dairy Farm Productivity through Low GHG Emission Feeds in Uasin Gishu County, Kenya (#42)

Rehema Mrutu
Nationality: Tanzania
The University of Connecticut. Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, USA
Microbial Engineering to Mitigate Methane Emission in Ruminant Livestock  (#35)

Sadar Ginting
Nationality: Indonesia
International maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), Mexico
Uncovering the Carbon Footprint of Food Systems and Opportunities for Climate Action at the National Level (#61)

Said Marzouk
Nationality: Tanzania
Universidad de Costa Rica, Costa Rica
Effect of green manure in Costa Rican rainfed rice system on soil erosion and nitrogen mineralization (#21)

Samuel Onyuoki Angwenyi
Nationality: Kenya
Arba Minch University, Ethiopia
Co-compost with biochar as soil amendment in low-input cropping system (#9)

Sèwanou Frimence Allogbènou Tossou
Nationality: Benin
USDA-ARS, Fort Keogh Livestock & Range Research Laboratory, USA
Effects of livestock grazing management on soil carbon sequestration (#19)

Simon Mburu
Nationality: Kenya
UMR AgroEcologie, INRAE, France
Use of rhizobia to mitigate soil N2O emissions (#14)

Stephen Mailu
Nationality: Kenya
Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT, Laos Country Office, Laos
Evaluation of the mitigation potential and feasibility of silvopastoral practices in rural Lao PDR (#27)

Victoria Bulegeya
Nationality: Tanzania
Delta Water Management Research Unit, USA
Achieving low greenhouse gas emissions in non-flooded rice system through hybrid selection and N management (#23)

Vinay Sharma
Nationality: India
International Rice Research Institute, Philippines
The Effects of Pyramiding Bacterial Blight Resistance Genes on Root-Associated Methanotrophs (#24)

Zenebe Amele Sahile
Nationality: Ethiopia
International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Kenya
Sustainable utilisation of digestate from farm biodigesters of cattle manure for forage grass production (#46)

Below is the list of reallocated students from previous rounds and their projects:

Abdoulaye Tyano
Nationality: Burkina Faso
Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Tecnología Agraria y Alimentaria, Spain
Soil organic carbon stock on Spanish agricultural soil: Temporal change over the last 20 years (#18)

Muhammad Arowolo
Nationality: Nigeria
Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI), United Kingdom
Mitigation of enteric methane emissions in cattle and sheep production systems (#34)

Razak Kiribou
Nationality: Burkina Faso
Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa), Brazil
Synergies in integrated systems: Improving resource use efficiency while mitigating GHG emissions through well-informed decisions about circularity (SENSE-Brazil) (#45)

Tulasi Prasad Paudel
Nationality: Nepal
Animal Nutrition and Physiology Team, AgResearch Limited, New Zealand
Effect of fermentation intermediates due to methane inhibition on the health and functioning of rumen epithelium (#32)

Keep an eye out for further information about the awardees coming soon.


About CLIFF-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+.