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December 7, 2018   •   News

CLIFF-GRADS AWARDEES for 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.

CLIFF-GRADS is an international doctorate scholarship programme designed to support budding agricultural scientists.

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, with winners announced at the UN climate talks in Poland.  Students will undertake research in areas as diverse as rumen microbiology, rice production, soil science, and rangeland management, among others.

We are pleased to announce 2019 CLIFF-GRADS fellows and research projects below. Please click on the name of the student below to read more about them.

 

CLIFF-GRADS Call: Greenhouse gas emission and emission reduction from agricultural production


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



CLIFF-GRADS Call: Greenhouse gas emission and emission reduction from reduced food loss and waste

NameNationalityUniversityResearch ProjectHost InstitutionHost Country
Daniele Eckert MatzembacherBrazilUniversidade Federal do Rio Grande do SulMeasure FLW reduction and associated emission reductions of Brazilian entrepreneurship initiatives in fruits and vegetables that do not meet retail aesthetic standardsSwedish University of Agricultural SciencesSweden and Brazil
Laura HolguinColombianTechnical University of DresdenCharacterize digestate option with different combinations of available waste, including yield impacts, methane, and soil-based emissionsInternational Centre of Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)Colombia
Li XueChinaChinese Academy of SciencesQuantifying GHG emissions of agrifood chain and associated food loss and food waste in China: an input-output analysis.University of Southern DenmarkDenmark and China
Norah Titiya MachinjiriMalawiHaramaya UniversityEffects of organic matter soil amendments on population dynamics of Aspergillus flavus and its natural antagonists; and on groundnut aflatoxin contamination in Malawi.International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)Malawi
Tabitha NindiMalawiPurdue UniversityUnderstanding smallholder farmers’ storage habits in Malawi.Malawi University of Science and TechnologyMalawi
Xia LiangChinaThe University of MelbourneEvidence base for the mitigation of N2O  emission from reduced food loss and waste in China and MyanmarHokkaido UniversityChina and Myanmar

These awards included funding from the New Zealand government and via support to CCAFS from CGIAR Trust Fund Donors and through bilateral funding agreements. The United States government, through the USAID Sustainable Landscapes program, also funds and supports food loss and waste research.For information regarding the last round of CLIFF-GRAD recipients -click here. Alternatively, click here for more information about the CLIFF-GRADS programme.