The Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases is supported by a Secretariat, and led by the Special Representative. The GRA Council is the representative body of all Members and Partners which oversees all activities of the GRA and encourages greater global cooperation and knowledge sharing.  

Special Representative

Hayden Montgomery (Ministry for Primary Industries, New Zealand) is the Special Representative for the GRA. His role is to act as an ambassador for the GRA. This includes:

  1. Assisting members to maximise the benefits of their participation in the GRA;
  2. Lifting the GRA’s profile at relevant international meetings;
  3. Broadening links with non-governmental organisations, potential partners, the agricultural sector and other relevant organisations;
  4. Helping to secure funding for research and capability building projects of the GRA; and
  5. Expanding GRA membership to include active participation from regions that are currently under-represented.

Council Chair

Dr. Marta Alfaro, a researcher at the Instituto de Investigaciones Agropecuarias (INIA) in Chile, is the nominated Chair of the GRA Council for 2022–2023. Chile has been actively participating in GRA activities since 2009.

In March 2020, Chile updated its NDC (Nationally Determined Contribution), with a strong commitment to achieving carbon neutrality in 2050, as well as reaching its emissions peak in 2030. Additionally, the country has established a Long-term Climatic Strategy, which requires information on projections, cost-benefit of potential mitigation actions, and strong monitoring and reporting systems to be put in place.

It is Chile’s view that, despite the challenges ahead, agriculture represents an opportunity to reduce GHG emissions while enhancing food security in a post Covid19-time. The GRA provides an opportunity to join efforts for coordinated activities, as well as establishing collaborations in relevant areas such as: implementation of Monitoring, Reporting and Verification systems; the promotion of experiences to increase farmer’s adoption of mitigation actions (including consideration of food security and economics); the development of local Emission Factors (EF) to improve national inventories; and the development of nature-based solutions for mitigation.

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The GRA Secretariat supports the GRA Council and Research Groups in the development and communication of activities, meetings and events and also works with our members and partners to encourage continued leadership and participation in the GRA. 

The GRA Secretariat is hosted by New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries with support from Germany’s Thünen Institute (Federal Research Institute for Rural Areas, Forestry and Fisheries). 

“I recently started work as a research associate in the climate coordination unit at the Thuenen Institute in Brunswick (Germany) that supported the GRA conference in Berlin 2018. My academic background is in international and agricultural economics. Currently, I am finalizing my doctoral thesis on “Agricultural trade flows and food standards” at the University of Goettingen. I studied in Germany, Belgium, Poland and Mexico and worked with international organizations such as the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ) and International Labour Organization (ILO).

My research interests include agricultural, climate and environmental policy. Therefore, I am very happy to join the GRA secretariat team for the next 4 years and support their work as well as GRA activities (particularly research) in Europe.

I am interested in the following research questions:

– What factors influence knowledge sharing within international research networks?

– How can the development and implementation of climate mitigation measures be evaluated?

– Who are key actors with regard to strategies for mitigation climate change in agriculture in the EU?

– Which mitigation measures have upscaling potential to meet the net zero emissions target of the EU under the European Green Deal by 2050?

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Nina Grassnick – Thünen Institute (Federal Research Institute for Rural Areas, Forestry and Fisheries), Germany

Séga Ndao has a PhD in agronomic sciences from Institut Agro Montpellier, France, and more than ten years experience working with various agricultural research institution (national and international). Currently, Séga is supporting the NZAGRC to implement GHG inventory improvement programmes in West and Central Africa, with a particular focus on livestock GHG emissions reporting and mitigation. Additionally, he provides assistance for the GRA Secretariat activities (e.g., capability building, Network and Research Group support). Séga also dedicates time to following related agricultural projects in West and Central Africa, and in particular, helping with the translation of the research actions into national livestock GHG inventories, and connecting to the wider activities of the GRA.

Séga Ndao is based in Senegal and supports the work of the GRA in Africa.

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