December 14, 2022   •   News

Deadline: Tuesday 10 January 2023 13:00 CET

EGU 2023 is approaching and you are invited to submit your work on peatlands to the session BG 3.24 “Peatland management, restoration and conservation”.


Deadline for submission is Tuesday 10 Jan 2023 13:00 CET and you’ll find instructions for submission here:

EGU23 – How to submit an abstract

December 12, 2022   •   News

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

In this edition you can find information about the role of animal health in reducing GHG emissions, recent meetings and workshops, a COST proposal that the Network is putting together, recent publications and more!

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

December 8, 2022   •   News

The FAO elearning Academy has released a NEW online course on “Estimating methane emissions from enteric fermentation using Tier 2 method”. The course is free of charge and aims to provide practical guidance for data collection and emissions estimation from livestock enteric fermentation, using the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s Tier 2 method.

Learn more here: https://elearning.fao.org/course/view.php?id=893

December 8, 2022   •   News

Closing date: 20 December 2022

Location: Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

The West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL) seeks to recruit a Post-Doctoral Scientist as Social Learning and Implementation Facilitator at its Competence Centre in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. The candidate will be required to service WASCAL by providing support to the project INTERFACES (Supporting Pathways to Sustainable Land Management in Africa), funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research BMBF under the guidance of the local project coordination team at WASCAL.

The project supports and coordinates outreach activities for four Research and Development (R&D) projects working on sustainable land management in Sub-Sahara Africa funded under the umbrella of
BMBF’s Strategy, “Research for Sustainability”. INTERFACES will support collective processes, that enable and contribute to gender-responsive transformative change between all relevant stakeholders, such as the R&D projects, other scientists, policy-makers, and practitioners in Africa. The position is responsible to engage with the relevant stakeholders in Africa in collective and social learning processes and contribute to the implementation of research results. It involves a strong cooperation with the partners of INTERFACES and the other R&D projects.

The chosen candidate will work with a multidisciplinary team of experts from different African and German institutions to produce and disseminate the results of the INTERFACES project to all stakeholders in Africa.

For further information, click HERE.

December 5, 2022   •   News

The 2022 meeting of the Livestock Research Group was held over three online sessions on 18 – 20 October.

The meeting was attended by participants from 38 countries and five partner organisations. The meeting report and recordings of the online sessions are now available for download HERE.

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.


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

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


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+.