The World Farmers Organisation (WFO) is now a Partner of the Global Research Alliance. The development of this Partner Relationship is a very important step for the Alliance, and supports the objective for the 2013 Council meeting to widen the reach of the Alliance to farmers through such farmer organisations.
For more information on the WFO see their website here.
A new webpage has been set up under the Livestock Research Group: the Greenhouse Gas Marginal Abatement Cost Curves (MACC) page. The page provides links to existing documents, resources and institutions working on marginal abatement cost curves in individual countries, or across regions.
This web page will be kept updated as we receive notifications of publications and completed reports. Please contact Victoria Hatton ([email protected]) if you wish to include documents on this page.
The 10th newsletter of the Livestock Research Group is now available. The Livestock Research Group of the Global Research Alliance is focused on promoting ways to improve the greenhouse gas intensity of livestock production systems and increase the quantity of soil carbon stored in those soils. Read the latest newsletter here.
Summary Reports from the fifth meetings of the Croplands Research Group and the Paddy Rice Research Group are now available for you to download and read.
The Croplands Research Group met for the fifth time on 7 November in Tampa, Florida, USA alongside the ASA-CSSA-SSSA “Tri Societies” annual meeting. The meeting was attended by 21 Alliance member countries, Alliance Partners and other invited speakers. The short summary version of the 2013 meeting report is now available from the Croplands Research Group page.
The Paddy Rice Research Group held their fifth meeting in Bogor, Indonesia on 25 October alongside the ESAFS11 and was attended by representatives from 6 Alliance member countries, other invited experts and Alliance Partners. To read the summary report for this meeting visit the Paddy Rice Research Group page.
Both these Research Groups have agreed to meet again in the second half of 2014 for their sixth Group meetings.
The 9th newsletter of the Livestock Research Group is now available. The Livestock Research Group of the Global Research Alliance is focused on promoting ways to improve the greenhouse gas intensity of livestock production systems and increase the quantity of soil carbon stored in those soils. Read the latest newsletter here.
CROP MODELLER – THE JAMES HUTTON INSTITUTE, UK
£27,792 – £29,566 (Band D) or £35,282 – £37,534 (Band E)
We are seeking an experienced Crop Modeller to contribute to our global food security and environmental sustainability research agenda. Working with experimental scientists, you will focus on modelling interactions between crop genetics, physiology, phenotypic traits and the environment, and evaluate crop characteristics and management practices that enhance resource use efficiency and reduce risks associated with climate change.
You should have a PhD directly relevant to simulating biological systems and demonstrable experience in modelling agricultural systems at a range of spatial scales. Expertise in spatial analysis would be highly advantageous. You should also have experience in working and communicating with experimental scientists and others from various disciplines. For appointment at the higher salary grade, a track record of high quality scientific publications in this area, evidence of grant-winning ability, and demonstration of international collaboration is required.
This post can be based in either Aberdeen or Dundee; there may be a requirement to travel between sites.Further information is available from www.hutton.ac.uk/careers. To apply, please submit a covering letter and CV (including the names and addresses of three referees, one of which must be your current or most recent employer) by e-mail to [email protected] or by post to HR Office Dundee, Invergowrie, Dundee, DD2 5DA by 3rd November 2013. Please quote reference number JHI-46-12 in all correspondence.
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This post provides information on the European conference “Green Carbon: Making Sustainable Agriculture Real”.
The Conference will be held April 1-3, 2014 in Brussels, Belgium and will include discussions across four topics.
1. Evidence of carbon sequestration in Europe and carbon offset potential.
2. Contribution of Soil Organic Carbon for ecosystem functions and landscape management.
3. Soil Organic Carbon, soil health and productivity.
4. Economic and policy aspects of “carbon farming”.
The conference is jointly organized by the European Conservation Agriculture Federation (ECAF) and the French Institute for Sustainable Agriculture (IAD) and promoted by the Life+ AGRICARBON project.
New Zealand organisation Federated Farmers has announced a programme for farmers to travel to New Zealand on an agri-tech study initiative.
Bruce Wills, Federated Farmers President recently attended the World Farmers Organisation general assembly, where he announced the programme. The New Zealand government will work with Federated Farmers and the World Farmers Organisation to develop a programme with the specific objective of sharing experiences and to discuss technology transfer needs, especially the on-farm application of research into agricultural greenhouse mitigation technology.
The programme is included as a New Zealand activity in support of the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases.
“The Global Research Alliance provides a positive environment for discussing actions to reduce agricultural greenhouse gases. Developing direct relationships with farmers and farmer organisations is of increasing interest to the Global Research Alliance Council”
Read the media release on the Federated Farmers website.
The Chair of the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (The Alliance) welcomes Belgium as the 40th member country.
The Global Research Alliance is pleased to welcome Bolivia as its newest member country. Of particular interest to Bolivia are the Alliance’s efforts in the areas of agriculture research, climate change and training.
There are now 39 Member countries participating in the activities of the Global Research Alliance: Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Honduras, Indonesia, Italy, Ireland, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Nicaragua, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Peru, the Philippines, Republic of Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Vietnam.
Modelling grassland ecosystems under climate change: An introduction to the Global Research Alliance and the AgMIP program
Side event of the 22nd International Grassland Congress, Sydney (September 17, 2013, 12:00 – 14:00)
This event will promote the Global Research Alliance and the modelling project underway in the Soil Carbon and Nitrogen Cross-Cutting Group in collaboration with the AgMIP program.
Please pass the modelling grassland ecosystems flyer [PDF] to colleagues that you know to be attending the Grasslands Congress.