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November 29, 2022   •   News

Closing date: 12 December 2022

Location: University of Eldoret (Kenya)

The University of Eldoret (Kenya) is offering three doctoral research fellowships. The fellowships are attached to an international project which aims to improve the design and management of rural water pans, to increase the sustainability, climate resilience and quality of water supplied to rural communities in Tanzania and Kenya. In keeping with the project’s focus, the doctoral candidates are expected to conduct research and engage in knowledge sharing and joint learning with communities and decision makers at the national and regional levels in Africa.

Learn more about the positions and how to apply HERE.

November 28, 2022   •   News

Closing date: 4 December 2022

Location: Palmerston North, New Zealand

AgResearch is offering an exciting opportunity to join their world-leading, award-winning Rumen Microbiology team as a Senior Scientist, and help their research on reducing biogenic greenhouse gas emissions in climate change mitigation. Learn more & apply HERE.

November 28, 2022   •   News

Location: ETH Zurich, Switzerland

The Niu Lab at ETH Zurich is seeking two motivated, team-oriented individuals with a strong interest in the interface of basic and applied research in agricultural and animal nutrition sciences to enhance understanding of nutrient utilization efficiency and improve the sustainability of livestock systems.

The potential research topics include:

  • Investigate dietary strategies to mitigate environmental impacts (GHG emissions and N excretions) of dairy cattle
  • Understand the gut microbial composition of dairy cattle in response to dietary changes
  • Assess the impact of climate changes on dairy cattle
  • Integrate precision dairy farming technologies and data analysis, mathematical and statistical modelling and artificial intelligence to improve the health and welfare of dairy cattle

Learn more and apply online HERE.

November 25, 2022   •   News

A recording of the GRA CSA side event, which took place during the Africa Science and Partnership for Agriculture Conference (SPAC) in September 2022 in Accra, Ghana, co-hosted by NZAGRC and ILRI, is now available.

The side event titled “Gaining Ground: A Workshop to Strengthen collaborations to advance Climate-Smart Agriculture” sought to showcase science-based practices that illustrate pathways to climate-smart, low-emission agricultural development and to identify steps needed to improve global and regional collaboration for long-term climate-smart agriculture (CSA) transformation.

Participants reported the training and experience exchanges were very useful for improving the design of CSA practices. Insights emerged related to illustrating adaptation and mitigation co-benefits, enhancing collaboration between research institutions and governments, scaling viable CSA technologies, efficient communication channels, robust data collection/information management systems, and that local adoption requires demonstrating the efficacy of CSA interventions in each national context.

Speakers at the side event included:

  • Dr Claudia Arndt, Senior Scientist and Co-leader, Mazingira Centre ILRI, Kenya
  • Dr Ackim Mwape, Africa Programme Lead NZAGRC, New Zealand
  • Dr Wilhelmina Quaye, Director CSIR-Science and Technology Policy Research Institute, Ghana
  • Dr Kofi Konadu Boateng, Program Associate for Agriculture, Global Methane Hub (GMH)
November 25, 2022   •   News

Closing date: 31 December 2022

FAO are looking for a part-time consultant, who will support development of technical capacity in seven SEC countries to apply the Livestock Environmental Assessment Partnership’s (LEAP) Guidelines for quantification of the impact of livestock on biodiversity.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.

Further details about the role and how to apply can be found HERE.

November 18, 2022   •   News

A recording of the recent CLIFF-GRADS event, which took place in the Food and Agriculture Pavilion at the UN Climate Change Conference 2022 (COP27), co-hosted by CGIAR, FAO and The Rockefeller Foundation, is now available to view.

About the event: The Climate, Food and Farming, Global Research Alliance Development Scholarships Programme (CLIFF-GRADS) offers exciting opportunities for early career scientists from low- and middle-income countries to learn to conduct applied research in agricultural greenhouse gas emission quantification and mitigation. In this session, some of these young scientists will share how the experience they acquired through this program has boosted their careers.

Speakers

  • Harry Clark (Acting Special Representative, GRA) – Moderator
  • Titis Apdini (Joint Programming Officer, Wageningen University and Research) – CLIFF-GRADS alumna
  • Kofi Boateng (Agriculture Program Associate, Global Methane Hub) – CLIFF-GRADS alumnus
  • Charles Spillane (Established Professor (Chair) of Plant Science and Director of the Ryan Institute for Sustainable Development at the University of Galway, Ireland) – CLIFF-GRADS Administration
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
Uganda
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
Nigeria
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
Pakistan
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
Ethiopia
Jimma University, Ethiopia
Long-term effect of biochar-based soil amendments on greenhouse gas emissions in low-input cropping systems (#1)
Anusha B S.
India
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
Ethiopia
ISRIC – World Soil Information, Wageningen Netherlands
Generating quality-assessed soil information to support climate-smart agriculture in Ethiopia (#4)
Bárbara Yaislyn Ortíz Hurtado
Cuba
Spanish Research Council, Spain
Testing feed additives to reduce enteric methane emissions (#22)
Caleb Sagwa Barasa
Kenya
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
Brazil
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
Benin
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
Benin
Soil and Water Conservation Research Unit, USA
Using CQESTR Model to Predict Soil Organic Carbon Changes and CO2 Emissions (#5)
Comlan René Yaovi
Benin
Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT, Ethiopia
Modelling and predicting SOC sequestration potentials of SLMP watersheds in Ethiopia (#60)
Dargo Kebede Alemie
Ethiopia
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
Ethiopia
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
Nigeria
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
Tanzania
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
Argentina
UiT, The Arctic University of Norway, Norway
Effects of disturbance on CH4 uptake capacity and physiology of atmospheric CH4 oxidizing bacteria (#2)
Flavia Olguin
Argentina
INIA-CSIC, Spain
Influence of the soil sampling protocol in the total Soil Carbon Stock at regional level (#6)
Gérard Xavier Djidjoho Gbenou
Benin
INRAE, Centre ARA-Theix, France
Exploring the role of methylotrophic methanogenesis in the rumen (#23)
Gonfa Kewessa Hunde
Ethiopia
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)
Iván Filip
Argentina
Algarve University, Portugal
Economics of GHG mitigation at farm level of cattle production systems in Portugal (#35)
Karen Debora Ponieman
Argentina
Bangor University, UK
The effect of circularity in agriculture on greenhouse gas emissions (#51)
Lívia Chagas de Lima
Brazil
INTA, Argentina
Modelling Beef Cattle Production Systems in Argentinian Pampas: an Approach for Estimating Marginal Abatement Cost Curves (#33)
Ludy Keino
Kenya
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
Togo
International Rice Research Institute, Vietnam
Transforming to low-emission food systems through community-led co-design and experimental learning in Vietnam (#52)
Malede Atanaw
Ethiopia
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
Argentina
Soil and Water Conservation Research Unit, USA
Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Intercropped Legumes in Winter Wheat under Dryland Cropping Systems (#12)
Monday Usman
Nigeria
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
Ethiopia
INIA La Estanzuela, Uruguay
Mitigation of GHG livestock emissions under grazing conditions over improved native grasslands with high tannin legumes (#44)
Nadia Testani
Argentina
Natural Resources Institute, Finland
Developing a digital twin of mixed cropping livestock systems (#53)
Ndifreke Stanislaus Udo
Nigeria
INTA, Balcarce
Evaluating the application of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi to reduce N2O emissions (#11)
Nut Naret
Cambodia
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
Nigeria

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
Zimbabwe
Wageningen Livestock research, Netherlands
Evaluating integral sustainability of livestock and arable farms in the EU ClieNFarms project (#61)
Paul Mwangi
Kenya
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
Ghana
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
Nigeria
CIFICEN (UNCPBA-CICPBA-CONICET), Argentina
Soil use effect on GHG fluxes (#13)
Rumbidzai Winnet Nyawasha
Zimbabwe
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
CEBAS-CSIC, Spain
SOC stabilization mechanisms and their regulation factors under different climate-smart agricultural practices and Mediterranean conditions (#9)
Sylvia Imbuhila Buleti
Kenya
Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), Kenya
Measuring the contribution of push-pull technology to climate change mitigation (#56)
Tegegn Fantahun Chernet
Ethiopia
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
Nigeria
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
Vietnam
AgResearch, New Zealand
Circularity and sustainability evaluation of integrated crop-ruminant livestock systems through farm modelling (#40)
Tobi Akinropo
Nigeria
INRAe-UMRH, France
Regional databases to evaluate goodness of fit of GHG prediction models (#25)
Wondimagegne Bekele
Ethiopia
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.


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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+.

November 7, 2022   •   News

A recording of the second session of the GRA Flagship Project webinar series is now available to view.


This session introduced the following two Flagship Projects:

The session was chaired by Dr. Harry Clark (NZAGRC, New Zealand) and each presentation was followed by time for Q&A.


November 7, 2022   •   News

Spark Climate Solutions is a non-profit doing early climate solution field-building in neglected, high-climate-leverage fields. Spark currently focuses in the livestock methane emissions and natural methane emissions, and will add more areas as our team expands. Spark does not conduct its own research.

Spark is hiring a roadmapping scientistanalyst, and enteric methane program lead roles on its agriculture and ecology team to accelerate research support in these areas, and smooth the path to adoption of breakthrough innovations, working with the current Spark team. These positions are remote, but regular working hours overlap with the Pacific Time zone of the USA is necessary.

The Roadmapping Scientist or Roadmapping Analyst will develop a set of research and research policy recommendations and priorities based on substantial deep review through literature and conversation. They’ll communicate these results internally and externally.

The Enteric Methane Program Lead will drive strategic and collaborative efforts in field building, including spinning up new programs internal to Spark, with other organizations, and seeding new organizations where needed. They will be the face of Spark’s program to the non-profits, governments.

LEARN MORE HERE.

November 2, 2022   •   News

We have a new GRA brochure available to download and share. Check it out here or by clicking on the image below.

November 1, 2022   •   News

Closing date: 30 November 2022

Location: Cornell University, Department of Global Development, USA


Cornell University have a 2-year postdoc opportunity available on the “Productivity and environmental impacts of global livestock systems.” A brief description of this opportunity is below:

The landmark article, Biomass use, production, feed efficiencies, and greenhouse gas emissions from global livestock systems, has been used in global and regional studies on livestock and food systems over the last 10 years, including many Integrated Assessment Models that feed into analysis by the IPCC, IPBES, EAT-Lancet, etc. The postdoctoral associate will steer an update of this dataset by developing a global, high-resolution, spatially explicit dataset of biomass use, production, feed efficiencies, and greenhouse gas emissions of animal production systems. The work would include collecting, processing, structuring and harmonizing data, as well as developing tools to ensure the dataset is easily updatable and accessed, and ensuring good documentation. This project is a collaboration with Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and is funded by the Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability’s strategic partnership with EDF. 


Interested candidates can learn more and submit their application here.

October 28, 2022   •   News

Closing date: 15 November 2022

Location: Aarhus University, Denmark

Position: Tenure Track Assistant / Associate Professor in Landscape Biogeochemistry

The Department of Agroecology at Aarhus University, Denmark, is looking for a theme leader in the field of landscape biogeochemistry. The research will focus on coupled biogeochemical-hydrological modeling with the aim to better understand and represent C and N cycling and associated exchange of greenhouse gases between the land surface and the atmosphere and how those are affected by land use, management, and changes in environmental conditions.

The position is offered as either a Tenure Track Assistant Professor or Associate Professor depending on the qualification of the applicant. The position is a full-time position, which begins on 1 March 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter.

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