November 10, 2022   •   News


We are excited to announce that 48 PhD candidates from low- and middle-income countries will receive scholarships in Round 5 of the Climate, Food and Farming – Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases Development Scholarships programme (CLIFF-GRADS).

The Round 5 CLIFF-GRADS fellows come from 18 countries from Asia, Africa, and Latin America and the Caribbean. For six months starting early 2023, they will undertake applied research on quantifying and mitigating agriculture greenhouse gas emissions at 29 institutes in a total of 19 countries. 

The full list of awardees, their research projects and the 29 host institutes that they will be hosted by 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 5 awardees are:

Listed by Name, Nationality, Host Organisation and Project Topic

Abasi Ryan Giggs Kigozi
INIA Remehue, Osorno Chile
Effects of supplementation with wheat bran on methane production and nitrogen use efficiency of dairy cows fed grass diets (#20)
Abubakar Gero
Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina, Peru
Evaluation of promising agro-industrial by-products to increase dairy production and reduce Enteric Methane Emission of cattle in the Peruvian Amazon Region (#21)
Adnan Arshad
Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade of the Northern Territory Government, Australia
Developing an Intelligent Greenhouse Management System to Monitor the Greenhouse Gas Emissions (#55)
Amsalu Tilahun Fite
Jimma University, Ethiopia
Long-term effect of biochar-based soil amendments on greenhouse gas emissions in low-input cropping systems (#1)
Anusha B S.
The James Hutton Institute, Scotland
Evaluating the potential of Community Natural Farming in mitigating greenhouse gas emissions, food security and poverty alienation in India (#50)
Ashenafi Ali Abduljelil
ISRIC – World Soil Information, Wageningen Netherlands
Generating quality-assessed soil information to support climate-smart agriculture in Ethiopia (#4)
Bárbara Yaislyn Ortíz Hurtado
Spanish Research Council, Spain
Testing feed additives to reduce enteric methane emissions (#22)
Caleb Sagwa Barasa
INTA, EEA Cesáreo Naredo, Argentina
Impacts of the inclusion of bioactive compounds into the diet of cattle on the emission of GHGs from depositions (#34)
Charleni Crisóstomo
INTA, EEA Manfredi, Argentina
In vitro assessment of ideal level of inclusion of by-products in beef cattle diets for decreasing methane emissions and enhance ruminal N metabolism (#42)
Codjo Mawunou Esteban Hénoc Medenou
International Livestock Research Institute, Kenya
Enhancing assessment of cattle GHG emissions in African agro-pastoral systems: making use of high-frequency survey data collection (#32)
Coffi Leonce Geoffroy Sossa
Soil and Water Conservation Research Unit, USA
Using CQESTR Model to Predict Soil Organic Carbon Changes and CO2 Emissions (#5)
Comlan René Yaovi
Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT, Ethiopia
Modelling and predicting SOC sequestration potentials of SLMP watersheds in Ethiopia (#60)
Dargo Kebede Alemie
International Livestock Research Institute, Kenya
Soil respiration, microbial biomass, and plant root growth to assess belowground carbon cycling in a semi-arid Kenyan rangeland (#57)
Demissie Dawana Keche
International Livestock Research Institute, Kenya
Optimizing anaerobic digestion process for climate mitigation, enhanced energy and nutrient recovery from cattle manure (#30)
Emmanuella-Doeko’os Zachariah Awang
INTA Balcarce, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Dairy manure application to pecan in CICALS as a strategy to mitigate greenhouse gases emissions and enhance carbon sequestration (#27)
Escain Kiwonde
Rothamsted Research Okehampton Devon, UK
Greenhouse gas emissions associated with conservation agriculture from UK cropland using the DENitrification incubation system (DENIS) (#15)
Ezequiel Jesús Teran
UiT, The Arctic University of Norway, Norway
Effects of disturbance on CH4 uptake capacity and physiology of atmospheric CH4 oxidizing bacteria (#2)
Flavia Olguin
Influence of the soil sampling protocol in the total Soil Carbon Stock at regional level (#6)
Gérard Xavier Djidjoho Gbenou
INRAE, Centre ARA-Theix, France
Exploring the role of methylotrophic methanogenesis in the rumen (#23)
Gonfa Kewessa Hunde
Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT, Ethiopia
Evaluating the potentials of CSA Practices for Mitigating Soil Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Agricultural Land in Central Highland of Ethiopia (#8)
Issaka Abdou Razakou Kiribou*
Burkina Faso
University of Costa Rica
Modeling water use efficiency and atmospheric carbon uptake in a coffee plantation (#48)
*Reallocated to a Round 6 project in 2023-2024. For updated project information, go to R6 announcement.
Iván Filip
Algarve University, Portugal
Economics of GHG mitigation at farm level of cattle production systems in Portugal (#35)
Karen Debora Ponieman
Bangor University, UK
The effect of circularity in agriculture on greenhouse gas emissions (#51)
Lívia Chagas de Lima
INTA, Argentina
Modelling Beef Cattle Production Systems in Argentinian Pampas: an Approach for Estimating Marginal Abatement Cost Curves (#33)
Ludy Keino
International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Kenya
Testing manure management interventions for their potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and nutrient leaching losses in smallholder systems (#58)
M’koumfida Bagbohouna
International Rice Research Institute, Vietnam
Transforming to low-emission food systems through community-led co-design and experimental learning in Vietnam (#52)
Malede Atanaw
Ruminants Research Group, Switzerland
Measuring housing-based emissions under natural ventilation using the tracer ratio method when cows are part-time grazing (#41)
Mercedes Busto
Soil and Water Conservation Research Unit, USA
Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Intercropped Legumes in Winter Wheat under Dryland Cropping Systems (#12)
Monday Usman
Ministry of Agriculture & Land Reclamation, Egypt
Assessment of greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural sources in order to plan for the needs of a low carbon economy at the local level (#54)
Muhammed Nurye Gebeyehu
INIA La Estanzuela, Uruguay
Mitigation of GHG livestock emissions under grazing conditions over improved native grasslands with high tannin legumes (#44)
Nadia Testani
Natural Resources Institute, Finland
Developing a digital twin of mixed cropping livestock systems (#53)
Ndifreke Stanislaus Udo
INTA, Balcarce
Evaluating the application of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi to reduce N2O emissions (#11)
Nut Nareth
University of Costa Rica
Costa Rican rainfed rice system adapted to a transplant phase and its effect on soil carbon and on N2O sources. (#45)
Nnaemeka Esiobu

International Rice Research Institute, Viet Nam
Greenhouse Gas measurements in a field experiment evaluating the effect of different management practices on rice varieties in the Philippines (#47)
Pamela Madududu
Wageningen Livestock research, Netherlands
Evaluating integral sustainability of livestock and arable farms in the EU ClieNFarms project (#61)
Paul Mwangi
Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Agropecuaria, Estación Experimental Agropecuaria Manfredi, Argentina
Enteric methane emissions, nitrogen excretion and animal performance when including local by-products in beef steers grazing alfalfa (#28)
Reagan Anguie Bol Lewis
South Sudan
Thünen Institute, Germany
Economics of GHG mitigation at farm level of cattle production systems (#36)
Rita Sedem Yaa Goka
ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Biophysical performance of dynamic agroforestry vs. traditional cultivation systems in cocoa production in Ghana (#49)
Rosemery dos Santos
Cape Verde
IFAPA Camino de Purchil, Spain
Integrating cost-effective mitigation strategies to increase soil organic carbon (#17)
Rotimi Ibitoye
Soil use effect on GHG fluxes (#13)
Rumbidzai Winnet Nyawasha
Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT, Ethiopia
Attributing the SOC change and dynamics to land use change, land management and climate change in Ethiopia (#10)
Stallone Soares
Sao Tome and Principe
SOC stabilization mechanisms and their regulation factors under different climate-smart agricultural practices and Mediterranean conditions (#9)
Sylvia Imbuhila Buleti
Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), Kenya
Measuring the contribution of push-pull technology to climate change mitigation (#56)
Tegegn Fantahun Chernet
International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Kenya
Assessing biogas performance, socio-economic and environmental impacts of farm-scale biogas plants digesting manure in Ethiopia and Kenya (#29)
Temilade Adegbite
Instituto de Investigaciones Agropecuarias, Centro Regional de Investigación Remehue, Chile Development of nitrous oxide emission factors associated to the use of foliar nanoformulations (#14)
Thi Huong Giang Nguyen
AgResearch, New Zealand
Circularity and sustainability evaluation of integrated crop-ruminant livestock systems through farm modelling (#40)
Tobi Akinropo
INRAe-UMRH, France
Regional databases to evaluate goodness of fit of GHG prediction models (#25)
Wondimagegne Bekele
National Institute of Agricultural Technology (INTA), Argentina
Evaluating strategies for ruminant methane abatement of Argentina livestock systems. (#26)

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

See HERE for the Mitigate+ official media release.


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+.