June 21, 2024   •   News

The Nitrogen Flagship (N flagship) was implemented by the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA) for the period 2022-2027. The aim of this flagship is to help countries to improve their national inventories reporting under the Paris Agreement, by developing Tier 2 (reflecting local soil and climate conditions) and Tier 3 (modelling based) emission factors for the use of N fertiliser, relevant for the estimation and reporting of direct N2O emissions from soils.

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June 11, 2024   •   News

Three brand-new livestock methane measurement facilities have been established in Laos, Cambodia and the Philippines as part of New Zealand’s Climate Smart Agriculture Initiative in ASEAN (2020-2026). These facilities are the first in each of the countries to permit measurement of animal emissions over prolonged periods. They feature breath capture cabinets which can measure an animal’s methane emissions, feed intake and feed digestibility. This technology allows local researchers to answer important questions such as which local feeds produce the least methane when eaten.

Read more in the Newsflash below.

June 5, 2024   •   News

Traditional vs. Advanced Approaches: Explore the evolution of rumen microbe culture techniques, from traditional methods to cutting-edge advancements. Learn about recent breakthroughs in the field.

Overcoming Cultivation Challenges: Address the obstacles hindering rumen microbe cultivation and identify the resources available to overcome them.

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Session 2:

June 4, 2024   •   News

Closing Date: 17 June 2024
Location: Ireland

The School of Biological Sciences and Institute for Global Food Security at Queen’s University Belfast is currently seeking to appoint an exceptional candidate to the post of Research Fellow. The appointee will join the Huws group, focused on sustainable livestock production using the disciplines of Microbiology, Animal Science, and Bioinformatics.

For more information click HERE.

May 31, 2024   •   News

Funding has been made available to enable researchers from New Zealand to take part. The 2024 Green ERA-Hub Call is developed by the partners of the ERA-Hub Call in collaboration with the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA) and the Wheat initiative. The overall objective of this 2024 joint international funding Call is to advance the climate smart farming for climate change adaptation, resilience to stresses, and crop and livestock health, in a context of the economic sustainability of farming.

May 24, 2024   •   News

24 May 2024 (GMT +13)

The GRA Agricultural Inventory Training Programme (GRAIT) streamlines current agricultural inventory capacity building initiatives under the Enhanced Transparency Framework (ETF) of the Paris Agreement.

It achieves this through leveraging the GRA’s collaborative ethos across its network of member countries, partner organisations, scientists and policy personnel. It is a coordination initiative that aims to accelerate the development of robust agricultural inventory systems in developing countries by:

• Providing readily accessible information on past, present and future agricultural GHG inventory capability building programmes so that new training programmes are built on existing work,
• Encouraging greater funder-funder collaboration when developing and delivering new training initiatives, and
• Providing a platform to identify and promote new funding and training opportunities.

We welcome you to join us in person or online for the launch of GRAIT on 24 May. Please see the attached agenda which also includes the link to join in online HERE.

May 24, 2024   •   News


Experts discuss the food safety implications of environmental inhibitors in agrifood systems

The webinar Food safety implications from the use of environmental inhibitors in agrifood systems, hosted by FAO, took place on 10 May 2024. The event aimed to stimulate discussion on the food safety aspects that need to be considered and addressed when using environmental inhibitors in agrifood systems.

Find out more and watch the recording HERE.

May 21, 2024   •   News

The May 2024 issue of Who’s Counting, the Inventories and Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) Network Newsletter is now available to view HERE.

Who’s Counting summarises scientific progress, opportunities, resources and events related to national agriculture inventory development, national agriculture climate targets, and international inventory capability-building activities.

We encourage you to directly submit content for the next Issue of Who’s Count

May 17, 2024   •   News

Please note the deadline for all the attached opportunities is May 19, 2024, at 11:59 pm.

Please take a look at the attachment describing some opportunities for consultancies in the areas of GHG inventories, NDCs, and MRV systems.

May 2, 2024   •   News

Location: Ireland
Post Duration: 24 months

Project: Neonatal dietary interventions to reduce enteric methane emissions (NeoDREMES)

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral research fellow position in the UCD School of Agriculture & Food Science. The position aims to evaluate the effectiveness of maternal dietary interventions in ewes to alter early life microbial development in the lambs.

UCD Lyons Farm – YouTube link

April 24, 2024   •   News

Addressing climate change and protecting the environment are among the greatest challenges of our time, and food loss and waste (FLW) is a major contributor to both issues. A workshop on “Food Loss and Waste Prevention in Sub-Saharan Africa” was held in Nairobi, Kenya from 17-18 April 2024.

The workshop which brought together active food loss and waste stakeholders from across SSA discussed regional context and circumstances for action on food loss and waste prevention, including the challenges and options for action at policy and practice level.

The two-day workshop was jointly organized by the Thünen Institute (Germany), the New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre (New Zealand), the UN Sustainable Development Solution Network (France) and the University of Nairobi (Kenya).

New Zealand, through the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA) supported the workshop and was represented by Dr Ackim Mwape from the New Zealand Greenhouse Gas Research Centre (NZAGRC).  Dr Mwape delivered a keynote address during the opening of the workshop where he emphasized the need to quantify the magnitude, composition, and geographical location of lost and discarded foods.  He stressed that:

“Enhanced knowledge and awareness of where along the food chain, for which foods, and in which countries, the greatest food losses are produced, is essential to decide where and how to target prevention efforts in the most effective way”.

The outcome of the workshop was a convergence of three overarching challenges and priorities across the region:

  • Quantifying and tracking of FLW at all stages of the food supply chain.
  • Commitment to report FLW by all actors in the food chain, addressing existing data gaps.
  • Awareness and education of the population on FLW prevention
April 19, 2024   •   News

The CFS Network have recently published a policy brief on assessing and improving Nitrogen cycling in agricultural production with examples from Flanders (Belgium) and the Netherlands. Check it out HERE or by clicking on the image below.