June 30, 2022   •   News

Title: The role of microbiomes in the health, welfare and productive performance of beef and dairy cattle

Closing date: 29 July 2022

Location: Ireland

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June 27, 2022   •   News

Kohimarama is an indigenous-led climate change mitigation and adaptation workshop supported by the Global Research Alliance. Drawing on indigenous experience, ingenuity and resilience, this workshop acts as a platform for indigenous people worldwide to align in the exchange of traditional knowledge, empowering indigenous youth to deliver climate change solutions for a more sustainable future.

June 27, 2022   •   News

Closing date: 11 July 2022

Location: Germany

A Scientific Assistant position is available in the Faculty of Organic Agricultural Sciences, Section Animal Husbandry in the Tropics and Subtropics starting 01.09.2022. Tasks include:

  • Scientific collaboration and support, in research and teaching, in the field of Animal Husbandry in the Tropics and Subtropics on topics of animal nutrition, animal-environment interactions, ecosystem services of livestock-based land use systems, and greenhouse gas emissions with a regional focus on Africa and Asia.
  • Independent acquisition of third-party funding and own research in at least one of the fields mentioned above.
  • Teaching in the Bachelor’s and (English-language) Master’s programmes at the universities of Kassel and Göttingen.
  • The successful candidate will be employed by the University of Kassel; work hours are to be distributed equally across the universities of Kassel (Witzenhausen campus) and Göttingen. In the context of supervising research projects in various (sub-)tropical countries, up to three stays abroad of several weeks duration are to be anticipated each year.

Further information can be found here.

June 22, 2022   •   News

Closing date for abstracts: 30 June 2022

The 2022 edition of the Biennial Africa Climate Smart Agriculture Stakeholders Conference is scheduled for 14th to 16th of September 2022. This edition is providing opportunities for researchers, academicians and students to share their research findings.

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June 16, 2022   •   News

A recording of the second session of the Inventories and NDC (I&NDC) Network 2022 Webinar Series titled “National agriculture inventory data collection and management” is now available to view.

Policies for agriculture mitigation strategies are shaped by accurate national agriculture emissions estimates. However, estimates are only as good as the data that underpin them. National activity data collection and its management is a universal challenge for compilers from Annex I and non-Annex II countries alike.

The aim of this webinar was to increase awareness on overcoming a lack of good quality data, and on setting up data management frameworks to support increasing emissions reporting from Tier 1 to Tier 2 levels.

The session brought together expert speakers whose work focuses on improving agriculture inventory activity data related issues.

Speaker biographies can be found here.

June 13, 2022   •   News

The Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) has published the first of three calls for proposals for 2022 to support implementation of the 2030 Strategy. A total of $9 million of CCAC funding is available this year.

Funding for the first call aims at advancing national policy and planning to reduce short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) in 23 countries.

  • Opening date: 8 June 2022
  • Closing date: 30 June 2022
  • Total Estimated cost: US$ 3,000,000

The next two calls will support SLCP mitigation in the main emitting sectors, both through national government and industry actions.

Learn more here.

June 7, 2022   •   News

Closing date: 28 June 2022

Location: Ghana / Benin

Sustainable land management is increasingly important to maintain the fragile balance between human demands and ecosystem services of available natural resources, to enhance food security, to reduce the risk of conflicts, and to foster adaptation to climate change. DecLaRe is a project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and aims to identify recommendation domains for scalable innovations towards sustainable crop production and animal husbandry in West Africa. Focussing on northern Benin and Ghana DecLaRe builds on available local and scientific knowledge and databases. It combines their use with problem-oriented research at the field level and modelling at the national to regional level. DecLaRe’s ultimate goal is to construct a decision support system (DSS) that can be used for land use and land management as well as for policy development.

In this context, the project will employ nine West African PhD candidates, who will be affiliated to one of the three West African DecLaRe partners: University for Development Studies (UDS, Ghana), University of Parakou (UP, Benin), and the West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL, Burkina Faso).

Organisation/Funding Institution: German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), University for Development Studies (UDS, Ghana), University of Parakou (Benin), West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL, Burkina Faso), University of Kassel (Germany), University of Göttingen (Germany), University of Hohenheim (Germany), Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK, Germany)

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June 1, 2022   •   News

A recording of the first session of the Inventories and NDC (I&NDC) Network 2022 Webinar Series titled “The policy relevance of national GHG inventories in guiding mitigation for agriculture” is now available to view.

This webinar brought together leading experts and industry stakeholders to discuss the relevance of national agriculture inventories in guiding policy decisions and questions including:

  • Why are agriculture GHG inventories so crucial for policy decisions?
  • How can industry organisations and the inventory work together?
  • What is the relationship between climate finance, research, and national agriculture inventories?

Speaker biographies can be found here.

June 1, 2022   •   News

Closing date: 15 June 2022

Location: Balcarce Experimental Station (INTA), Argentina

The INTEGRITY project is offering a 1 year postdoc position.

We are looking for an enthusiastic postdoc to join our research group and work on measuring enteric methane emissions from cattle across different regions of Argentina. The candidate will be enrolled in an international project INTEGRITY, a European ERANET Circularity call funded by the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases. The project aims to evaluate the impact on C circularity and GHG emissions of integrated crop-ruminant livestock systems with different feeding strategies. The candidate is expected to have:

  • PhD in animal science or similar
  • Knowledge of GHG emissions sources, measurement techniques, and ruminant nutrition
  • The ability for cattle and farm management
  • Good English communication skills
  • Team worker and self-organized
  • Availability to travel across the country and work in different agro-climatic regions
  • Open-mind and easy to live in a developing country
  • Basic Spanish and driving license preferable

Main responsibilities will be:

  • Carry out experimental trials to measure enteric methane with different techniques
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Writing reports and publications
  • Involve in teamwork, assisting undergraduate and graduate students

Contract: we are offering a 1-year contract. If the candidate meets our expectations, we have funding secured to extend the contract up to 3 years. Salary is at international standards and equivalent to an Argentinean senior research position. The candidate will be based at Balcarce Experimental Station of the National Institute of Agricultural Technology (INTA), Argentina.

How to apply: please, send your CV, covering letter expressing why you are interested, and at least one recommendation letter by June 15 2022 at the latest, and any questions regarding this position to [email protected] or [email protected]

Note: if you are a last year PhD student and you are interested to apply, please do not hesitate to do so. We will consider different situations.

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May 27, 2022   •   News

The Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA) is pleased to announce the new e-learning section of our website.

The first programme, developed by New Zealand and consisting of three foundation level courses, is now available. It covers the basics of:

  1. Climate change science;
  2. International reporting of greenhouse gas emissions; and
  3. The science behind agricultural greenhouse gases and how they are measured.

The courses are free and suitable for anyone wishing to upskill their knowledge in these areas. The courses were originally designed to support people working in agricultural greenhouse gas emissions reporting.

A certificate of completion is attainable upon completion of each course.

In the future we hope to include many more links to resources and courses that GRA Members and Partners have developed to support agricultural greenhouse gases related learning.

Please click HERE for more information and to register for the programme.

May 27, 2022   •   News

Opening Date: 27 May 2022

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

The GRA Flagship project on ‘Feed Additives to Reduce Enteric Methane’ is offering a 2-year postdoc position.

We seek to appoint a qualified and self-motivated post-doctoral fellow to work on the Flagship project entitled ‘Technical guidelines to develop feed additives to reduce enteric methane’. The work in the project is integrated with activities of the Feed & Nutrition Network chaired by David Yáñez-Ruiz (Spanish Research Council, CSIC, Spain) and co-chaired by André Bannink (Wageningen Research (part of Wageningen UR), WR, Netherlands) and Alex Hristov (Pennsylvania State University). The network is an activity of the Livestock Research Group within the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases.

The candidate will lead research related to the following specific objectives:

  • Provide technical guidelines and protocols on good practices to test and develop feed additives of different natures. The technical guidelines will describe good practices to conduct trials in vitro and in vivo to target 3 main elements:
    • Efficacy and delivery options across different livestock production systems, especially in relation to the dietary management (pasture, high/low forage, by-products…)
    • Uncover the mode of action of the active molecules, and
    • Adequate assessment of the persistency of the effects.
  • Facilitate the registration process of feed additives and methods to account for the reduction in emissions achieved under farming conditions as well as in GHG inventories.

The project is coordinated by the CSIC and WR and the physical location of the position is negotiable. The position requires occasional travel for data collection and participation in collaborative and scientific meetings. Candidates must have a completed Ph.D. in Animal or Dairy Science and a strong publication-oriented record that demonstrates extensive experience with animal nutrition, rumen function, experimentation, and greenhouse gases research. A fluent level of English is required. The term of this appointment is 24 months. A competitive salary is offered.

The benefits of the contract include: i) participating in a globally active network of research groups and companies that are actively investigating and evaluating feed additives, ii) reaching out to regional and global organisations pursuing use / implementation of feed additives, iii) interacting with other GRA research networks (i.e. Rumen Microbial Genomics and Manure Management), and iv) improvement of research skills and areas within different disciplines such as rumen function, biochemistry, inventories methodology.

More information about the flagship project can be found HERE.

Opening Date: 27 May 2022. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Please apply by submitting a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for 3 references to David Yáñez-Ruiz ([email protected]) and André Bannink ([email protected]).

For additional information, please contact any of the coordinators.

May 25, 2022   •   News

GRA Flagship Projects develop new knowledge to better understand agricultural greenhouse gases, have global relevance and applicability and generate high scientific impact. The GRA works collaboratively, bringing together researchers from all over the world, to deliver these projects.

Six new global Flagship Projects were approved earlier this year at the 2022 GRA Council Meeting. These key priority projects have been identified as uniquely suited to the research expertise and global membership of the GRA.

Further information about the projects and how to get involved can be found HERE and via the links below.

Economics of cattle GHG mitigation (EMiFa)

Flagship Goal: To identify the most cost-effective options for farm level GHG mitigation strategies in different global production systems and provide evidence-based policy recommendations.

Ensuring long-term mitigation and adaptation co-benefits

Flagship Goal: To develop and apply new protocol-based methods for providing national decision-makers with evidence-based knowledge to ensure agricultural mitigation strategies have lasting impact.

Feed additives to reduce methane

Flagship Goal: To accelerate the development and use of feed additives to reduce global enteric methane emissions from livestock.

Mining rumen data to reduce methane

Flagship Goal: To generate new knowledge on the rumen microbiome which will enable novel interventions to reduce methane emissions from livestock

Reducing N2O emissions and improving accounting

Flagship Goal: To encourage global efforts to reduce GHG emissions from nitrogenous fertiliser by enabling its usage to be more accurately reflected in national level GHG accounting.

Satellite monitoring to improve livestock management

Flagship Goal: To develop globally applicable tools which improve management of grassland resources and support local initiatives to mitigate and adapt to climate change.