September 20, 2022   •   News

Join the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA) on Tuesday 11 October at 10am UTC for the first session in our Flagship Project webinar series. Learn more about two of the current GRA Flagship Projects, their key partners and how YOU could get involved.

GRA Flagship Projects develop new knowledge to better understand agricultural greenhouse gases, have global relevance and applicability and generate high scientific impact.

This session will introduce the following two Flagship Projects:

Followed by time for Q&A.

The GRA is working collaboratively, bringing together researchers from all over the world, to deliver its Flagship Projects. These key priority projects have been identified as uniquely suited to the research expertise and global membership of the GRA. Flagship Projects are specific, time-bound projects that have been approved by the GRA Council. They are led by a community of experts within the GRA membership.


September 19, 2022   •   News

Applications are now open for the “Modelling, Measurement and Mitigation of the Environmental Impact of Livestock Production Systems” course being held in Zaragoza (Spain) from 12-16 December 2022. The closing date for applications is 23 October 2022.

Key reasons to attend this course:

  • increase your understanding on how to estimate the environmental impact of different types of livestock farming systems and mitigation measures;
  • know the sources and drivers controlling main emissions in livestock farming systems;
  • improve skills on tools for modelling C, N and P emissions at farm/local/regional scale;
  • learn different techniques to measure emissions in livestock farming systems;
  • develop a critical perspective on mitigation strategies and their technical and economic feasibility.
  • network with professionals from other countries and share knowledge on how to assess the environmental impact of different livestock production systems and strengthen cooperation to address current production and environmental issues.


The course is designed for professionals with a university degree, and oriented towards public and private planners and decision-makers, technical advisors, livestock producers, environmentalists and R&D professionals involved in the management of the environmental consequences of livestock farming in a context of climate change.

  • 20 places will be available for face-to-face participation (lectures, practical works and technical visits)
  • 30 places will be available for on-line participation (lectures).


Candidates from CIHEAM member countries, FAO member countries, and institutions of GRA member countries in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Asia may apply for scholarships covering registration fees. In some cases scholarships may cover the cost of travel and full board accommodation. If you wish to request a scholarship, please complete the relevant section when you make your online application to participate in the course.

Candidates from other countries who require financial support should apply directly to other national or international institutions.

For further information click HERE.

September 13, 2022   •   News

Closing Date: 7 October 2022

Location: Beltsville, Maryland, USA

Note: Applicants must be US Citizens or US Nationals

This position is located in the United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Natural Resources and Sustainable Agricultural Systems Program in Beltsville, Maryland.

“In this position, you will lead national research efforts on agricultural soils and related systems and serve as a subject matter expert in all aspects of soils and soil management including soil ecology, soil biology and soil health.”


  • Provides leadership of national programs in agricultural soils, including soil processes and microbiology.
  • Supports national research programs in natural resources, sustainable agricultural systems, crop and animal production and protection, food safety and quality.
  • Provides technical guidance in research project development by early involvement in research planning.
  • Participates in the review of scientific manuscripts as a reviewer or designator of peer reviewer when problems arise, or strong differences of scientific opinion exist.
  • Serves as a co-leader for national research on soil and air in agricultural systems.
  • Leads and coordinates ARS research in the fields of soil ecology, including agricultural soil chemical, physical and biological “states” and processes.
  • Leads and coordinates diverse teams of scientists to achieve stated goals.
  • Evaluates the effectiveness and impact of major research programs and their constituent projects.
  • Establishes and maintains communication with ARS research leaders and non-ARS research organizations in the field of expertise to assure that ARS research programs are kept up-to-date scientifically.

For further information about this position and how to apply click HERE

September 12, 2022   •   News

BURLINGTON, VT, USA, September 8, 2022 – A new assessment of over 60 scenarios based on current low-emission practices shows that realizing net-zero food systems will require widescale adoption of new technologies in the next two decades and changes in meat and dairy consumption. A more diverse set of practices and innovative research, including diet shifts and new-horizon technologies, will be needed for this transformation.

Food systems emit approximately 35% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. As the global population is expected to grow to 9 billion by 2050, food demand will increase rapidly, and agriculture production must follow.

“Transforming food systems for net-zero is essential for the whole Paris Agreement equation to work and deliver on the need to limit the temperature increase to 1.5˚ C above pre-industrial levels by 2050, with important benefits for the resilience of millions of people around the world”

– Federico Bellone, Co-author,

UN High Level Climate Champions & Race to Zero

However, there are no silver bullet solutions that work across local, regional and global scales. Local and regional food system intensification must identify locally relevant strategies to meet socio-economic and environmental targets.

“While net-zero food systems are achievable, bolder implementation of more efficient production practices is fundamental to meet both global food production and climate goals.”

– Ciniro Costa Jr., Lead Author,

Alliance of Bioversity International & International Tropical Research Center (CIAT)

To achieve net-zero, the global food system must implement cost-effective mitigation practices and technologies by 2030 and improve country governance and technical assistance by 2040. By 2050, implement innovative financial mechanisms and affordable technologies to achieve a net-zero emission global food system.

This roadmap presents milestones; we cannot wait to start changing consumption patterns and developing new technologies. We must start now.

Article: Roadmap for achieving net-zero emissions in global food systems by 2050

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-022-18601-1

Contact: Ciniro Costa Jr. [[email protected]]

September 12, 2022   •   News

Closing Date: 17 September 2022

Location: The James Hutton Institute, Scotland

The James Hutton Institute are seeking a collaborative and motivated Mathematical Modeller, to join their Human & Ecological Modelling Group. You should have a Ph.D. in mathematical modelling/biogeochemical modelling with significant simulation modelling experience, facilitated by sound programming skills (e.g. Python, C, Matlab, R, etc.). You will work on a variety of major Scottish Government, NERC and Horizon Europe-funded research projects to understand how land management and climate change impact on carbon-rich landscapes and the contribution that land-based solutions may bring to the climate emergency.

Main Duties of Postholder:

The postholder will contribute to all aspects of the research cycle including research proposals, model development, analysis, and visualisation of model outputs, through to peer reviewed publications and approaches for knowledge exchange with non-academic audiences. Key activities include: 

  • Developing and running biogeochemical models, for a diverse range of applications in agriculture
  • Data analysis, interpretation, and publication of model results
  • Development of models and model protocols that align with Institute and funder open science initiatives
  • To contribute to publication of research in highly ranked peer-reviewed journals
  • To contribute to (inter)national funding proposals
  • To collaborate with Hutton researchers on interdisciplinary research across multiple departments

For further information about the position, click HERE.

September 6, 2022   •   News

We are delighted to share the following links to recent publications from CLIFF-GRADS alumni. It is fantastic to see early career scientists building their capability, professional networks and extending their scientific expertise as a result of their overseas research stays.

Further publications which have resulted from the CLIFF-GRADS fellowships can be found here.

Tajamul Hussain, Pakistan: Project at Soil and Water Conservation Research Unit, USDA-ARS, USA

  • Hussain T, Gollany HT, Hussain N, Ahmed M, Tahir M and Duangpan S (2022) Synchronizing nitrogen fertilization and planting date to improve resource use efficiency, productivity, and profitability of upland rice Front. Plant Sci. 13:895811. LINK

Sebastián Vangeli, Argentina: Project at Rothamsted Research and Bangor University, United Kingdom

  • Vangeli S, Cardenas LM, Posse G, Chadwick DR, Krol DJ, Thorman RE, Lanigan GJ, Misselbrook TH. 2022. Revisiting sampling duration to estimate N2O emission factors for manure application and cattle excreta deposition for the UK and Ireland Journal of Environmental Management 322, 116037 LINK

Maria Eliza Turek, Brazil: Project at ISRIC, World Soil Information, Netherlands

  • Turek ME, Poggio L, Batjes NH, André Armindod R, de Jong van Lier Q, de Sousa L, Heuvelink GBM 2022. Global mapping of volumetric water retention at 100, 330 and 15 000 cm suction using the WoSIS database International Soil and Water Conservation Research In press LINK

Florencia Garcia, Argentina: Project at National Institute of Agricultural Research (INIA), Chile

  • Garcia F, Muñoz C, Martínez-Ferrerc J, Urrutia NL, Martínez ED, Saldivia M, Immig I, Kindermann M, Walker N, Ungerfeld EM. 2022. 3-Nitrooxypropanol substantially decreased enteric methane emissions of dairy cows fed true protein- or urea-containing diets Heliyon 8 (6), 2022, E09738 LINK

You can also check out a recent report from Funmilola Adebisi Oluwafemi’s (Nigeria) research stay in Hawassa University, Ethiopia relating to her project “Application of biochar and co-composted biochar from urban, agricultural and agro-industrial processing organic wastes: promising tool for climate smart agriculturehere.

September 2, 2022   •   News

The Livestock Research Group of the Global Research Alliance is delighted to present the next Livestock Research Group Annual Meeting! The agenda can be found below.

Registrations are open NOW! Please register by clicking HERE.

If you have any questions, please email [email protected].

August 23, 2022   •   News

Closing date: 2 September 2022

Location: NUIG / Teagasc, Ireland

A PhD Walsh Scholarship is currently available to work with the INTEGRITY project in Ireland.

Further information can be found in the document below:

August 22, 2022   •   News

Closing date: Screening of applications will start on 13 September 2022 and continue until the position is filled.

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a highly motivated Postdoctoral Researcher to join the environmental research team in the Sustainable Livestock Program. This is in light of increasing demands from CGIAR Initiatives LCSR and MITIGATE+ to measure greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from agriculture, predominantly but not exclusively smallholder and pastoral livestock systems. The postdoc will work at the “Mazingira” Centre, ILRI’s state-of-the-art environmental research laboratory, (https://mazingira.ilri.org).

Click below for further details:

August 16, 2022   •   News

The August 2022 Animal Health Network (AHN) Newsletter is now available!

In this edition you can find information about the recent AHN workshop, a COST proposal that the Network is putting together, two recent publications and more!

You can read the newsletter HERE or via the link below.

August 16, 2022   •   News

Closing Date: 19 September 2022

The Department of Agroecology at Aarhus University, Denmark, is offering a postdoctoral position in environmental controls of nitrous oxide emissions, starting 01-01-2023 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position will be available for a 2-year period.

This postdoc will investigate mechanisms behind nitrous oxide emissions in typical cropping systems, but with a main focus on controlled experiments with or without plants. Participation in on-going field studies may also be required. The work will involve isotopes to investigate sources and pathways as influenced by soil characteristics and distribution of reactive C and N. This postdoc will be part of a research environment with a broad focus on measurement and modelling of C and N turnover and crop growth in agroecosystems, and on mitigation of environmental impacts. Results are actively used in policy development.

For further information about the postdoc position and how to apply click HERE.

August 15, 2022   •   News

The 2022 meeting of the GRA Paddy Rice Research Group’s (PRRG) Americas sub-Group was held in Jonesboro, Arkansas, USA from 12-14 July 2022.

The meeting was attended by 80 participants (in-person and virtually), representing 15 GRA member countries. The meeting report and selected presentations are now available for download HERE.