February 18, 2020   •   News

The Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA) is pleased to announce Zambia as our newest member country. Zambia has become the 62nd member of the GRA.

The GRA is looking forward to working with Zambia to improve sustainable farming practices and to produce more food while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The 62 member countries now participating in the activities of the Global Research Alliance are: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, eSwatini, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Honduras, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malawi, Mexico, Mongolia, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Senegal, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay, Vietnam, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

February 17, 2020   •   News

Round 4 of the CLIFF-GRADS Programme is now closed!

DEADLINE: 1 April 2020

The Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA) and the CGIAR Research Programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) are pleased to announce that the Round 4 of the CLIFF-GRADS programme is now open!

Fifty-four exciting research opportunities in livestock, soil, rice, modelling and agroforestry are available this round.

Students from developing countries currently enrolled in PhD programmes in developing countries are invited to apply for short-term scientific research stays for training on topics related to the measurement, modelling and mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions and/or carbon storage in agricultural systems relevant to developing countries (this may be in the context of enhancing food security).

Selected students will be sponsored $12,000 USD for a 4-6 month research stay.

Read More and Apply:

Click here to view the list of available research opportunities and to read more about the application process and instructions to apply.

Access the online application form here.

Please note that this call for applications is now closed. Keep an eye on the website for future calls if you missed the deadline for this round of the CLIFF-GRADS scholarship programme.

February 17, 2020   •   News

The successful candidate will parameterize, test and apply biogeochemical model simulations in a crop-livestock environment considering coupled carbon-nitrogen cycles at local and regional scales. The successful candidate will parameterize existing process-based models with infield measurements data at an experimental farm located in Caiuá, SP-Brazil. This position is located at the Interdisciplinary Center for Energy Planning – NIPE/UNICAMP in Campinas, Brazil.



  • A PhD in earth system science, ecophysiology, agronomy or related discipline.
  • Previous experience in process-based modelling of soils, vegetation growth or similar complex models, confirmed by publications in this subject area.
  • Working knowledge and experience on coding languages C++, R, etc.
  • Minimum qualifications include a demonstrated ability to publish peer-reviewed papers, effective oral communication skills, and to work well in a collaborative team environment.
  • Knowledge on GitHub platform will be a bonus.
  • Experience with analysis of remotely sensed data will be a bonus.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and adequate fluency in English will be a bonus.
  • Full-time work, 1 year, starting in March 2020, with the possibility of an extension.

You can read more about this position and application process here


February 13, 2020   •   News

This is a position associated with The Livestock and Climate Change Center of the Animal Sciences Faculty at La Molina University, Peru. The proposed research will investigate the “Supplementary feeding of multi-nutrient blocks based in agro-industrial by-products to cattle in the Tropics”. 



  • Foreign or Peruvian researcher who lives abroad or has returned to Peru in the last 4 years.
  • PhD degree, obtained abroad or with working experience abroad in animal nutrition, animal science, or related field with experience in ruminant production and nutrition.
  • Five years of experience in coordinating research projects.
  • Evidence of scholarly accomplishments, such as peer-reviewed journals, technical reports, and books.
  • Experience in supervision and training of students or research technicians.

If you are interested to be included in the proposal, please send your CVs to Carlos Gómez ([email protected]) by February 28th 2020.


For more information click here


February 11, 2020   •   News

The MScCCAFS is a 1-year, full-time course delivered in English within the Plant and AgriBioscience Research Centre (PABC) of the NUI Galway Ryan Institute, in close collaboration with the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). 

The MScCCAFS begins each September and is open to any candidate with a degree in a relevant subject; applications may be made at any time.


You can read more about this program and the application process here


February 10, 2020   •   News

The Department of Animal Science at Pennsylvania State University are seeking a self-motivated candidate. The candidate will lead research related to investigating the effects of nutritional strategies on animal physiology and health, productivity, and environmental emissions of ruminants, with emphasis on lactating dairy cows.

Candidates are required to have a PhD in Animal/Dairy Science or equivalent doctorate in an appropriate field and be able to provide evidence that all requirements have been met for completion of the PhD prior to the effective date of hire.


The term of the position is 12 months.


To read more and to apply, click here

February 7, 2020   •   News

The Pastoralism and Drylands in West Africa (PPZS) are offering four Internship/Thesis opportunities based in Senegal.


Please click on the titles below to read more:

  1. Impact of management practices and water regime on the herbaceous dynamics of a Sahelian ecosystem: case of Dahra Djoloff 
  2. Evaluation of the contribution of different woody species to carbon storage 
  3. Mapping of crop production and calculation of the fodder balance from Earth Observation data in Senegal’s pastoral ecosystems
  4. Spatialized modeling and neural networks for the analysis of the dynamics of herd mobility in the Sahel


  • You must be from one of the member countries of CILSS – Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mauritania, Senegal, Togo, Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Chad and Cape Verde.
  • You must have a master’s degree in the relevant area.
  • You must have a very good level in French (written and oral).

Applications close between 15 – 28 February 2020 (11:59 p.m. GMT)

February 3, 2020   •   News

The Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Emissions is delighted to launch the new NZ-GRADS programme.

If you are from a developing country and are ready to complete your PhD in science, apply here to do it in New Zealand for free.

The deadline for applications has been extended to 1 August 2020.

What is it?

The NZ-GRADS Scholarship covers the following for a total of three years (36 months):

  • New Zealand University annual tuition fees and associated student levies up to a total of $10,000 NZD per year
  • An annual living stipend of $28,000 NZD per year (tax free)
  • Medical insurance cover up to $700 NZD per year
  • Visa application costs to a maximum of $1,000
  • Return flights to New Zealand up to a maximum of $6,000
  • Book and thesis preparation allowance of up to $1,500 (one-off)

What are the benefits?

  • You can bring your family to live in New Zealand with you:
    • Your partner or spouse will be able to apply for an open work visa for the duration of your studies.
    • You will be able to enrol your children as domestic students in New Zealand’s free state schools.
  • You will be studying at a top New Zealand University or Research Institute.
  • You will be actively supported through various extension and networking events hosted in New Zealand.
  • You may be able to work alongside your studies, as PhD students studying in New Zealand usually have unlimited work rights.
  • You will be supported when you arrive, as New Zealand is a very welcoming country and there are systems in place to help you and your family settle in. Read more about how NZ communities will support you here.
  • You get to live in New Zealand! NZ is famous for its relaxed pace of life, unbeatable outdoor lifestyle and excellent work/life balance. We work hard but make time for family, friends and enjoying our beautiful environment.

Are you eligible?

To apply you must:

  1. Be from a developing country, and
  2. Your PhD research topic must be related to greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural systems.

Apply here – Applications close 1 August 2020, so apply now to ensure you don’t miss out.

January 14, 2020   •   News

What is it?

This is an exciting opportunity for a 3 year academic appointment in Sustainable Livestock Production in Future Landscapes.

The successful candidate will work within the Nancy Roma Paech group in Sustainable Animal Production at the Camden Campus. They will contribute to the teaching and learning efforts within the School of Life and Environmental Sciences / Faculty of Science while working with the support and guidance of Professor Luciano A. González (Nancy Roma Paech Chair in Sustainable Animal Production), the School and the broader community at The University of Sydney. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to develop their own research profile and career in tertiary education.  

Where is it?

School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Camden Campus, Sydney, Australia

Are you eligible?

Candidates with a strong background in modelling of livestock production systems, precision livestock production, and training or work experience in the relevant disciplines are suitable for this position.

Applications close 11:30pm, Monday 27 January 2020 (Sydney time)

Click here for more information and to apply.

January 7, 2020   •   News

One of the 2019 CLIFF-GRADS awardees, Kofi Boateng is in the news talking about how he is finding the move from Ghana to the USA, what life is like in Pendleton and the aims of his research.

Click here to read the full article.

December 23, 2019   •   News

Thirty-six CLIFF-GRADS alumni from twenty different countries attended a workshop in Indonesia in October 2019 alongside the annual meeting of the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA) Council.

The workshop was the first opportunity for the CLIFF-GRADS alumni to meet one another, given that they all come from different countries and study in host institutions around the world. It established a network of young professionals, and provided networking opportunities with leading scientists and country representatives in the students’ respective fields.

The primary goal of the workshop was to build on existing emission quantification and estimation capabilities of CLIFF-GRADS alumni through lessons presented by experts in their fields, and some hands-on technical training.

Topics that were covered in the workshop included:

  • The future of mitigation: new technologies and emerging solutions
  • Modelling greenhouse gas emissions for carbon sequestration
  • Developing greenhouse gas inventories and emission Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV)
  • Connecting science to outcomes and impact

The workshop provided a platform for these early-career CLIFF-GRADS scientists to present their research, and to discuss and refine methodologies relating to their PhD theses and CLIFF-GRADS research stays.

Finally, the group also attended the 5th Global Science Conference on Climate-Smart Agriculture, focused on ‘Transforming food systems under a changing climate’. The CLIFF-GRADS alumni learnt about agriculture’s vital role in both global food security and the emission reductions needed to meet international obligations to limit warming under the Paris Agreement.

The CLIFF-GRADS alumni are each contributing to international research in low emission agriculture. Their work is vital as agricultural systems will need to change significantly over the next decade to achieve global food security and to build the resilience of agricultural systems to climate change.

We also wish to acknowledge the workshop facilitators: Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA), the Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) flagship of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT) and Wageningen University & Research (WUR).

Click here to read more about CLIFF-GRADS, including when the next round of applications open in early 2020.

December 12, 2019   •   News

The International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM ) have two advanced courses in Greenhouse Gas Assessment and Mitigation in Agriculture at the Instituto Agronómico Mediterráneo de Zaragoza (IAMZ) in Spain from 30 March – 3 April:

1. Evaluation and mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions in agriculture: Simulation concepts, methods and tools,

2. Greenhouse gas assessment and mitigation in agriculture: concepts, methods and simulation tools

Please click on the course above that you are interested in for more information and to register.