February 2, 2024   •   News

Closing date: 29 February 2024

Location: Sao Paulo, Brazil

Please see below for an opportunity for a Post-Doctorate Scholarship offered by FAPESP. The details of the scholarship can be found here.

For those interested, have a look at this website.

January 29, 2024   •   News

From the European project AF4EU (Agroforestry Business Model Innovation Network) we send you a press release about the agroforestry innovation networks that the partnership is building.

January 16, 2024   •   News

Call for abstracts:
The XXII International N Workshop 2024
Resolving the Global Nitrogen Dilemma – Opportunities and Challenges
17th – 21st June 2024 in Aarhus, Denmark
Sign-up here: www.nworkshop2024.org
The deadline for abstract submission is the 31st of January 2024.
Email: [email protected]

In 2024, Aarhus University has the honor of hosting the next N Workshop. Join us for five exciting days, where we will work towards resolving the global nitrogen dilemma. How do we reconcile the need for sufficient N inputs to ensure crop productivity and human nutrition, while decreasing N losses leading to environmental pollution and associated threats to food security and ecosystem health?

We will address these global issues in six regular and at least three special sessions, together with seven interesting keynotes and two roundtables, and the opportunity to visit field trials and research facilities.

• How to increase nitrogen use efficiency
• Reducing nitrogen losses
• Nitrogen recycling
• Incentives for good nitrogen management
• Food systems
• Livestock in agricultural systems from a nitrogen perspective

Keynote speakers:
• Wim de Vries (Wageningen University): Spatial variation in the cooling and warming impacts of anthropogenic nitrogen at global scale
• Ute Skiba (UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology): Nitrogen options in Europe and Southern Asia
• Laurent Philippot (French Institute for Agriculture, Food and the Environment – INRAE): Bridging microbial community ecology and N-cycling
• Xin Zhang (University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science): Decarbonization in a eutrophic world
• Adrian Leip (European Commission – Bioeconomy): The role of nitrogen in the food systems and bioeconomy transformation
• Josette A. Garnier (National Center of Scientific Research – CNRS): Towards food and energy self-sufficiency: different degree in circularity
• Cecile A.M. de Klein (AgResearch): The role of nitrogen management in lowering greenhouse gas emissions from grazed livestock systems

For more information, please check out our website: www.nworkshop2024.org

January 9, 2024   •   News

The Global Research Alliance (GRA) is very pleased to welcome Tonga as our 68th Member Country!

Tonga is the third Pacific region country to join GRA following Samoa and Fiji’s membership in 2023. Tonga’s participation in the GRA will be coordinated through the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forests (MAFF) and they have outlined their priority areas in line with their existing National Circular Economic Systems project with a focus on climate resilience. “Being a member of the GRA will generate a huge advance in Tonga’s drive to cater for the climate change mitigation and adaptation as well as the recoveries from the rising damage and loss from the frequent disasters.”

We look forward to working together to grow more food without growing more greenhouse gases.

For more information on the GRA or how to become a member country please contact the GRA Secretariat.

December 18, 2023   •   News

Closing date: 8 January 2024

Location: Zurich, Switzerland

For information about this role see below and on this website.

The Animal Nutrition group within the Institute of Agricultural Sciences at ETH Zurich investigates nutrient digestion metabolism, and nutritional physiology.  The group applies hypothesis-driven experimental approaches and data-driven approaches to better understand the biological function of livestock animals and to develop strategies for improving the sustainability of livestock systems. They are looking for a motivated, team-oriented researcher who is eager to go beyond the state-of-the-art and work on cutting-edge research projects. The position is based at ETH Zurich, Switzerland. You will join the Animal Nutrition group led by Mutian Niu. 

December 18, 2023   •   News

Closing date: 4 January 2024

Location: Teagasc, Ireland

For information about this role see below and on this website.

December 18, 2023   •   News

The international RUMEN Gateway Flagship project brings together a multidisciplinary team of experts, including microbiologists, animal scientists, and bioinformaticians, many of whom form part of the Rumen Microbial Genomics network of the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases.  

We are excited to share these recent updates from the project:

A global research project led by Queen’s University Belfast and involving 24 institutions and universities worldwide, will explore the microbial world within rumen, a complex and little-studied ecosystem in livestock. Learn more here.

Global Methane Hub Announces the Enteric Fermentation Research & Development Accelerator, a $200M Agricultural Methane Mitigation Funding Initiative. Learn more here.

December 14, 2023   •   News

The Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens (BKMC) convened a coalition of key voices from governments, science, farming, civil society, and youth at its COP28 side events, urging world leaders to address the immense and precarious agricultural adaptation finance gap.

On December 9th, 2023, together with the German Ministry for Food & Agriculture, the BKMC organized the COP28 side event “Joint work for climate action in agriculture and food systems” to highlight how transforming agriculture and food systems benefits the most vulnerable. The COP28 side event at the German Pavilion, emphasized the pivotal role of international collaboration for knowledge exchange, research, and innovation in accelerating agricultural mitigation and adaptation.

The panel discussion welcoming Claudia Müller, Parliamentary Secretary of State of the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Maria Helena Semedo, FAO Deputy Director-General, Harry Clark, Special Representative Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA) and Elizabeth Nsimadala, smallholder farmer from Uganda and President Eastern Africa Farmers Federation showcased the critical need for balancing adaptation and mitigation in agricultural practices to achieve the targets of the Paris Agreement and increasing resilience of smallholders to climate change. Collaboration, innovation, targeted finance and access to resources were identified key enablers for transforming agri-food systems to become more sustainable while empowering smallholder farmers with the necessary tools to sustain their livelihoods.

Learn more and watch a recording of the event HERE.

December 14, 2023   •   News

We have a new report celebrating 12 years of the GRA available to download and share. Check it out here or by clicking on the image below.

December 7, 2023   •   News

We are excited to announce that 40 PhD candidates from low- and middle-income countries will receive scholarships in Round 6 of the Climate, Food and Farming – Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases Development Scholarships programme (CLIFF-GRADS). Along with the 40 students above, 4 awardees from previous rounds–who have been reallocated to new projects–will also start their research stays.

The 44 Round 6 CLIFF-GRADS fellows come from 19 countries from Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Pacific. During 2024, each fellow will undertake applied research on quantifying and mitigating agriculture greenhouse gas emissions at 29 institutes in a total of 21 countries.

The full list of awardees, their research projects and the host institutes where the fellows will be based during their research stays can be found here.

December 6, 2023   •   News

Dr. Harry Clark, the GRA’s Special Representative and Ms. Cheryl Jeffers, Director of the Caribbean Cooperative Measurement Reporting & Verification Hub (MRV Hub) met recently at COP 28. They discussed options to assist Caribbean countries to increase their capacity in agricultural greenhouse gas measurement reporting and verification and establish a regional greenhouse gas inventory community of practice. The proposal would be implemented in partnership with the GRA through the MRV Hub’s recently established Agriculture Work Crew.

December 1, 2023   •   News

Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol provides standards, guidance, tools and training for business and government to measure and manage climate-warming emissions. They are looking for experts to apply to serve in their personal capacities on the GHG Protocol’s new governance mechanisms (applications close 15 January 2024). The available positions are the following:

  • 13 highly experienced and trusted leaders in the global climate solutions ecosystem are being sought for the Steering Committee, the primary governing body of the GHG Protocol with the mandate of providing strategic guidance on the goals and direction of the GHG Protocol
  • 12-18 leading global experts in GHG emissions accounting and reporting are being sought for the Independent Standards Board, the decision-making body with the mandate of reviewing and approving GHG Protocol standards, guidance, and other normative documentation.
  • experts for their Technical Working Group to work on the updated GHG Protocol corporate standards and guidance (which could include the GHG Protocol’s Land Sector and Removals Guidance).

To apply covering letters and CVs need to be sent to the Steering Committee – [email protected] and/or the Independent Standards Board [email protected] by 15 January 2024.  

For the Technical Working Group here is the self-nomination form due 15 January 2024

For more information on the candidate requirements, duration and time commitments envisioned for these voluntary roles please refer to the link Nominations for Governance Bodies | GHG Protocol.  

This governance restructuring is part of GHG Protocol’s overall strategy refresh. providing a more formalized governance process and increased transparency and speed of standards development. 

For more information visit the GHG Protocol website HERE.