Climate, Food and Farming - Global Research Alliance Development Scholarships (CLIFF-GRADS) is a joint initiative of CCAFS Low Emissions Development research and the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA). CLIFF-GRADS builds the capability of early-career scientists and graduate students from developing countries to conduct applied research on climate change mitigation in agriculture with the goal of expanding knowledge and experience in quantification of agricultural greenhouse gases and food loss and waste. Since 2011, a large number of students have received grants and have gone on to hold important positions in research institutions and governments.
Applications are now open to the 2020 fellowship program. Applications are requested on either of two themes:
- Measurement and mitigation of agricultural greenhouse gas emissions or carbon storage in agricultural systems in developing countries, including in the context of enhancing food security;
- Quantification and mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions from reduced food loss in high emission supply chains (e.g. dairy, beef, vegetables, fruits) in developing countries, including estimation of costs and constraints to mitigation.
During their tenure at the host institutions, grant recipients learn to evaluate agriculture-related options for reducing GHG emissions and consider productivity and livelihood consequences. The techniques studied may include (but are not limited to) remote sensing, economic surveys, and measurement of greenhouse gas emissions. Topics depend on the students' and host institutions' interests. CLIFF-GRADS also generates novel climate change research on smallholder farming systems and facilitates South-South knowledge exchange.
- Building students’ research skills in the field of GHG mitigation in agricultural systems.
- Increasing students’ capacities to understand, investigate, and implement low emissions development.
- Building students’ professional networks in the field of low emissions development.
Gender and youth
In recognition of the importance for gender equity in science and policy-making, CLIFF-GRADS aims to award at least half of all fellowships to women.
Research projects are hosted by CCAFS and GRA members and partners.
For more information, please contact project leader Lini Wollenberg, CCAFS (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Beginning in 2018, funding for CLIFF-GRADS is provided by the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA) with support from the Government of New Zealand. Funding for research in food loss and waste is supported by CCAFS donors and the United States government through USAID.
From 2011-2017, the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) administered CLIFF in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture and Ecology of the University of Copenhagen and the Department of Agroecology at Aarhus University.
All CLIFF Networks and CLIFF-GRADS recipients should acknowledge sponsors in publications. Recommended text:
- CLIFF-GRADS: This work was undertaken as part of the Climate, Food and Farming and Global Research Alliance Development Scholarships (CLIFF-GRADS) program, an initiative implemented by the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA) with support from their donors.
- CLIFF Network: This work was undertaken as part of the Climate, Food and Farming (CLIFF) Network, an initiative of the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). CCAFS is carried out with support from the CGIAR Trust Fund and through bilateral funding agreements. For details please visit https://ccafs.cgiar.org/donors.