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October 9, 2013   •   News

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.

October 3, 2013   •   News

The Chair of the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (The Alliance) welcomes Belgium as the 40th member country.

September 18, 2013   •   News

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.

September 13, 2013   •   News

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.

September 13, 2013   •   News

A short summary report from the Alliance Council meeting in Montevideo, Uruguay is now available for you to download and read.

The meeting was attended by 41 participants from 19 member countries, as well as representatives from invited partner organisations.

The meeting saw Canada hand over chairing responsibilities to Uruguay and the Netherlands confirmed as vice-Chair. The Alliance Communication Policy was also reviewed and adopted by the Council. Other outcomes included an update from the Research and cross-cutting Groups of the Alliance, and presentations from international organisations invited as Partners of the Alliance.

Read the Alliance Council meeting summary.

August 20, 2013   •   News

The Global Research Alliance is pleased to welcome Ecuador as its newest member country. Of particular interest to Ecuador are the Alliance’s efforts in the areas of Livestock Research and Greenhouse Gas Emissions.

There are now 38 Member countries participating in the activities of the Global Research Alliance: Argentina, Australia, 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.

For more information on Ecuador’s participation in the Alliance or how to become a member country please contact the Alliance Secretariat.

August 13, 2013   •   News

The Global Research Alliance is pleased to welcome Panama as its newest member country.

There are now 37 Member countries participating in the activities of the Global Research Alliance: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, 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.

For more information on Panama’s participation in the Alliance or how to become a member country please contact the Alliance Secretariat.

August 9, 2013   •   News

The Global Research Alliance is pleased to welcome Nicaragua as its newest member country.

There are now 36 Member countries participating in the activities of the Global Research Alliance: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Honduras, Indonesia, Italy, Ireland, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Nicaragua, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, the Philippines, Republic of Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Vietnam.

For more information on Nicaragua’s participation in the Alliance or how to become a member country please contact the Alliance Secretariat.

August 7, 2013   •   News

The Global Research Alliance is pleased to welcome Sri Lanka as its newest member country.

There are now 35 Member countries participating in the activities of the Global Research Alliance: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Honduras, Indonesia, Italy, Ireland, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, the Philippines, Republic of Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Vietnam.

For more information on Sri Lanka’s participation in the Alliance or how to become a member country please contact the Alliance Secretariat.

August 4, 2013   •   News

Expressions of Interest (EOI) for the Third round of the New Zealand Fund for Global Partnerships in Livestock Emissions Research (the Fund) are now being called.  The Fund is a contestable international research fund set up by New Zealand in support of the objectives of the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases, in particular its Livestock Research Group. Strong preference will be given to collaborative proposals that involve international partners.

The Fund is aimed at accelerating global research in mitigating greenhouse gas emissions from pastoral livestock farming by seeking solutions to three grand research challenges in the areas of (i) manipulating rumen function; (ii) reducing nitrous oxide emissions from soils; and (iii) manipulating the rates of soil carbon change.

There is a maximum of NZ$10 million available for the third funding round. Successful projects are expected to be in the range of $1-4 million and lasting up to four years in duration. Projects from Round 3 are expected to start from March 2015 and must end by 30 June 2019. The Fund follows a two-stage application process, beginning with submitting a short Expression Of Interest (EOI). Successful EOIs are then invited to submit full proposals. The call for EOIs is now open. EOIs must be submitted by 2 December 2013 (2pm New Zealand Standard Time).

Please visit http://www.mpi.govt.nz/nzlivestockemissionsfund to obtain further information on the fund as well as the guidelines and application forms.

July 31, 2013   •   News

The Global Research Alliance is pleased to welcome Honduras as its newest member country. Honduras will be involved in a regional collaborative Alliance project about to take place in Central America.

There are now 34 Member countries participating in the activities of the Global Research Alliance: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Honduras, Indonesia, Italy, Ireland, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, the Philippines, Republic of Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Vietnam.

For more information on Honduras’ participation in the Alliance or how to become a member country please contact the Alliance Secretariat.

July 24, 2013   •   News

The Joint Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change (FACCE – JPI), together with the Belmont Forum, have launched an international call on Food Security and Land Use Change. The Collaborative Research Action (CRA) brings together Cyprus, Ireland, Israel, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Romania, France, the UK, Australia, Brazil, India, Japan, South Africa and the USA. This Collaborative Research Action focuses on the two-way interactions between the dynamics of food systems and land use change, including the implications of the change on biodiversity and ecosystem services. The total call budget approximates € 10 million, with 14 different countries participating. The call, involving two types of projects, will be open until September 30th. You can find all relevant information on the FACCE website under “FACCE activities”. For more information see the official press release.