Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases

New Zealand is a member of the Global Research Alliance on agricultural greenhouse gas emissions.

What is the Global Research Alliance?

The Mission of the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA) is to bring countries together to find ways to grow more food without growing greenhouse gas emissions. It was launched in December 2009.

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How is New Zealand involved in the GRA?

New Zealand is a founding member, the current GRA Secretariat, is one of the Co-Chairs of the Livestock Research Group, and was GRA Council Chair (2011-2012).

The New Zealand Government committed $45 million to the work of the GRA in 2010 and in 2016 announced a further 20 million out to June 2020 to fund research in the area of greenhouse gas emissions mitigation in pasture based temporal livestock systems.

New Zealand is represented in the GRA by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), working closely with the environment and climate change groups from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) and the Ministry for the Environment (MfE). MPI contracts the NZAGRC to manage New Zealand’s involvement in the Livestock Research Group and New Zealand’s GRA science research activities.

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What is the GRA Livestock Research Group?

The Livestock Research Group (LRG) is focused on reducing the emissions intensity of livestock production systems and increasing the quantity of carbon stored in soils supporting those systems.

The LRG is co-chaired by NZAGRC Director Dr Harry Clark and Dr Sinead Waters from Teagasc Ireland.

The LRG Vision is to:

  1. Increase agriculture production with lower emissions
  2. Improve global cooperation in research & technology
  3. Work with farmers and partners to provide knowledge

Read below for details on the workings of the LRG and GRA.

For more information on the group check out the December 2018 LRG newsletter at: https://globalresearchalliance.org/n/livestock-research-group-newsletter-december-2018/ 

Two vacancies at INRA Paris

Scientific Officer of the international research program on ‘Soils for Food Security and Climate’

1 year position, based at INRA, Paris, France.

The global initiative ‘4 per mil. Soils for Food Security and Climate’ of the Lima-Paris Action Agenda (http://newsroom.unfccc.int/lpaa/agriculture/join-the-41000-initiative-soils-for-food-security-and-climate), was launched during COP21 in December 2015. It includes both an action plan and a research program, and it is supported by more than 200 signatories (countries, regions, international agencies, research and educational bodies, the private sector and NGOs).

The research program has a focus on soil organic carbon, in relation with food security and climate change challenges. It comprises four pillars: 1. Estimating the potential. 2. Developing practices. 3. Defining and strengthening the enabling environment. 4. Monitoring, reporting and certification.

It is developed with the support of the CGIAR, of the Global Research Alliance (http://globalresearchalliance.org), of INRA, CIRAD and IRD in France, and of other international, European and national research partnerships.

The scientific Officer will assist in the coordination and development of research actions in France, involving CIRAD, CNRS, INRA, IRD and universities. He/she will work with French research partners, in relation with the Scientific and Technical Committee of the 4 per mil Initiative, and with focal points of international research organizations and networks involved in the Initiative (CGIAR, GRA, CASA Network… ).

Initial training in soil sciences, environmental sciences and/or agricultural sciences is required.

Excellent skills in coordination, communicating research results and organizing scientific events are needed. The working languages are English and French. A first professional experience (1-3 yrs) would be appreciated. The position is based at Inra’s headquarters (downtown Paris) and involves traveling.

The gross monthly salary is ca. 2,480 Euros. The net monthly salary is ca. 2,060 Euros.

To apply, please send a cv. and a covering letter before September 22, 2017. Availability to start on November 1st, 2017 is required.

Contact persons: Dr. Jean-Francois Soussana (jean-francois.soussana@inra.fr) and Dr. Claire Weill (claire.weill@inra.fr ).


Scientific Officer of the European funded project:  Coordination of International Research Cooperation on soil CArbon Sequestration in Agriculture (CIRCASA)

3 years position, based at INRA, Paris, France.

The overarching goal of CIRCASA, which has 23 international partners, is to develop international synergies concerning research and knowledge transfer on agricultural soil C sequestration at European Union (EU) and global levels. CIRCASA has 4 main objectives:

  • Strengthen the international research community on soil carbon sequestration in relation to climate change and food security;
  • Improve our understanding of agricultural soil carbon sequestration and its potential for climate change mitigation and adaptation and for increasing food production;
  • Co-design a strategic research agenda with stakeholders on soil carbon sequestration in agriculture;
  • Create an International Research Consortium in this area.

The Scientific Officer (S.O.) will assist the development of this coordination and support action, which has a strong networking dimension. Initial training in soil sciences, environmental sciences and/or agricultural sciences is required.

Excellent skills in communicating research results and organizing scientific events are needed. The working languages are English and French. A first professional experience (1-3 yrs) in international project management would be preferred. The position is based at Inra’s headquarters (downtown Paris) and involves traveling.

The gross monthly salary is ca. 2,480 Euros. The net monthly salary is ca. 2,060 Euros.

To apply, please send a cv. and a covering letter before September 22, 2017. Availability to start on November 1st, 2017 is required.

Contact persons: Dr. Jean-Francois Soussana (jean-francois.soussana@inra.fr) and Dr. Claire Weill (claire.weill@inra.fr ).


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