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
Contact: Ciniro Costa Jr. [[email protected]]
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.
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 agriculture” here.
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].
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:
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.
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.
Location: Washington, DC, USA
The World Resources Institute (WRI) is currently seeking a Manager, Agricultural Methane.
Job Summary: Methane, a highly potent greenhouse gas, traditionally has been overlooked. But that is changing. At COP26 in Glasgow, the United States and the European Union launched the “Global Methane Pledge” to cut methane emissions by at least 30% by 2030 relative to 2020 levels. While this is a very positive development, much of the attention to date has focused on achieving methane reductions in the oil and gas sector. Considerably less attention has been given to methane reductions from the agricultural sector. Yet agricultural production (e.g., cattle, dairy, rice) accounts for ~46% of global anthropogenic methane emissions, and emissions from organic material in landfills (much of which is food waste) contributes another 18%. WRI seek to change that lack of attention. Supporting those countries which made a Global Methane Pledge, WRI and partners will bridge solutions and policy to scale adoption of technologies and practices that would reduce methane from the food and agricultural system.
This position will lead WRI’s research efforts on agriculture methane reduction, providing the science and policy foundations for the four pillars of the WRI strategy.
For further information about the role and how to apply, click HERE.
Closing Date: 17 August 2022
The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a consultant for a systematic literature review on adaptation practices in livestock in response to climate change in Kenya.
Background: Literature describing adaptation practices regarding livestock farming in detail is rare. Most research focuses on describing the impacts of climate change and then allocates varying farming practices as adaptation practice, presuming local land users adopted these as a linear response to climate change. To address these misconceptions, the adaptation team is conducting a systematic literature review to compare different adaptation practices and the underlying drivers in Kenya’s livestock systems. The review will enhance the understanding of adaptation responses and their effectiveness in reducing climate change risks.
For further information about the Scope of Work and how to apply, please click HERE.
Closing date: 17 August 2022
The Ministry for Primary Industries has two newly created roles in their Global Research Alliance team, in the International Policy directorate. This team hosts the Secretariat of the Global Research Alliance on Global Greenhouse Gases (GRA) leading New Zealand’s collaborative international research and capability building efforts on agricultural greenhouse gases.
One role will involve working for the GRA Secretariat and the second role is looking at New Zealand’s GRA investment.
To learn more click HERE.