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.
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.
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:
- Increase agriculture production with lower emissions
- Improve global cooperation in research & technology
- 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/
Dr Jeroen Dijkman, NZAGRC Deputy Director (International)
Jeroen is Deputy Director (International) of the New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre (NZAGRC). His international research, partnership and capability building activities focus on the features of the livestock sector in a world that limits global warming within the temperature goal of the Paris Agreement, whilst balancing for selected livelihood, food and nutritional security, social, health and cultural; and other environmental outcomes encompassed by the Sustainable Development Goals
Jeroen is the Co-Chair of the Livestock Research Group of the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gasses and also serves as the Senior Technical adviser to the UN Environment Climate and Clean Air Coalition Agriculture Initiative.
He has worked and consulted extensively for bi- and multi-lateral donors, I-NGOs, CGIAR centres, the World Bank and UN agencies in all major developing regions of the world. He has, for example, been previously active as the director of the Enabling Innovation theme of International Livestock Research Institute and the senior officer of the Animal Production and Health Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) responsible for the design, establishment and coordination of the Pro-Poor Livestock Policy Initiative and the Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock. More recently, Jeroen was the senior research officer for the Secretariat of the Independent Science and Partnership Council to the CGIAR, providing strategic advice to a global portfolio of 15 corporate research programmes of the CGIAR on agricultural research for development, climate change, agri-food system innovation, nutrition and health, and impact assessment.
Jeroen joined the NZAGRC in September 2019.
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