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CLIFF-GRADS awards record 33 fellowships for 2019 research on agricultural emissions and mitigation

33 fellows from 18 countries will partner with research organizations to advance the science on low emissions agriculture. 

CLIFF-GRADS received applications from 243 graduate students from developing countries to study topics related to GHG emissions and carbon storage in agriculture and mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions from reduced food loss and waste this fall.

This group of applicants was the most competitive in the history of the CLIFF-GRADS program, in addition to being the most numerous. We think this speaks to increasing expertise and demand for evidence on low emissions development in agriculture and food systems." 

Meryl Richards, Science Officer, Low Emissions Development Flagship, CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS)

We’re delighted to see this talented group of early-career scientists contributing to such a diverse range of research projects in so many regions of the world.  The knowledge being developed by our CLIFF-GRADS fellows will be of vital importance to farmers and policy makers worldwide."  

Hayden Montgomery, Special Representative, GRA

The program’s growth also speaks to the quality of research being conducted. Dr. Emilio Ungerfeld, a research host from Chile’s agricultural research institute (INIA), described his experience hosting a 2018 CLIFF-GRADS fellow:

It´s been an enormous pleasure to have a CLIFF-GRADs fellow join our team. Her tireless commitment to the experiment and eagerness to learn have made a big difference to the project." 

Emilio M. Ungerfeld, PhD, INIA, Chile

We are pleased to announce 2019 CLIFF-GRADS fellows and research projects:

Name Nationality University Research Project Host Institution
CLIFF-GRADS Call: Greenhouse gas emission and emission reduction from agricultural production

Abmiael Ortiz-Chura (to be confirmed)


Universidad de Buenos Aires 

Effect of modulating interspecies electron transfer exchanges on methane production and rumen microbiota composition

INRA, France

Adnan Zahid


University of the Punjab

Using a Tier II Model (CQESTR) to Predict Soil Organic Carbon Storage and COEmissions


Bertin Takoutsing


Wageningen University

Accounting for errors in SOC estimates introduced by proximal sensing methods 

ISRIC, The Netherlands

Bo-Wen Zhang


Institute of Mountain Hazards and Environment, CAS

Modeling pH effects on direct nitrous oxide emissions from agricultural soils through complex stable isotope labelling

Thünen Institute, Germany

Camila Almeida dos Santos


Federal University of Rio de Janeiro 

Targeting N2O emission hot-spots in intensive dairy pastures for mitigation action 

The University of Melbourne, Australia

Deysi Ruiz Llontop


National Agrarian University La Molina 

Quantification of carbon footprints in livestock production systems under contrasting management of Argentina

INTA, Argentina

Hillaire Sanni Worogo 


University of Parakou

Effects of rangeland management on soil carbon sequestration


Kofi Boateng


Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology

Nitrogen fertilizer rate, crop residue amount and soil water content influence on N2O emissions 


Lai Lai (to be confirmed)


Universiti Putra Malaysia

Compiling a structured Rice Policy Information Portal and demonstrating its potential use in mitigation projects

IRRI, Philippines

Lamfu Fabrice Yengong


University of Buea

Manure management interventions to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions

ILRI Mazingira Centre, Kenya

Lucélia de Cássia Rodrigues de Brito


Federal University of Piauí 

Cover crop and animal manure impacts on soil N2O emissions


María Carolina Scorcione Turcato


Universidad de Buenos Aires 

Directed evolution of rumen microbial cultures towards the identification and stimulation of electron sinks alternative to methanogenesis

INIA, Chile 

Mariana Eloisa Garcia Ascolani


University of Florida 

RumenPredict: Predicting appropriate GHG mitigation strategies based on modelling variables that contribute to ruminant environmental impact

Queens University, UK

Mónica Gabriela Perez


University of Buenos Aires

Understanding the controls of N2O emissions in grazed upland and lowland systems

Bangor University, UK

Noriel Angeles


University of the Philippines Los Baños

Toward low methane-emitting rice varieties

IRRI, Philippines

Ntwanano Moirah Malepfane

South Africa

University of KwaZulu-Natal

Comparing deep soil carbon stocks under kiwifruit and pasture land use

Institute for Plant & Food Research, New Zealand 

Paul Soremi 


Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta

Turning to rice cultivars for solving the methane puzzle in irrigated rice systems

CIAT - FLAR, Colombia

Pierre Eke 


University of Yaounde

Soil organic matter sensitivity to land management impact on grasslands and croplands

Thünen Institute, Germany

Rangarirayi Lucia Mhindu


Chinhoyi University of Technology

GHG emissions from adequately managed rangelands in Kenya

ILRI Mazingira Centre, Kenya

Ricardo González Quintero


Universidad de Antioquia. Medellín

Measuring ammonia emissions and collecting farm data from Costa Rican dairies

CATIE, Costa Rica

Samuel Anuga


University of Ghana

Just how smart are the climate smart options promoted in the Climate Smart Villages of Nicaragua?

CIAT - FLAR, Colombia

Sebastian Bedoya Mazo


University of Antioquia

Quantifying Hydrogen fluxes and their impact on methane production equations

INRA, France

Sikiru Yusuf Alasinrin


Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta

Net greenhouse gas emissions and soil carbon sequestration in response to tillage systems and cropping sequences


Thi Thanh Ha Do


Southern Cross University

Assessing (agro)forestry landscape restoration options in livestock-degraded regions of montane Kenya and Tanzania

CIFOR, Kenya

Titis Apdini


Wageningen University

Economic implications of greenhouse gas mitigation from dairy and beef systems

Bangor University, UK

Victor Ilich Alvarado Bolovich


National Agrarian University La Molina 

GHG mitigation strategies on cow/calf production systems

INTA, Argentina

Yuri Gelsleichter


Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro

Assessing the impact of land use change scenarios on soil organic carbon stocks

ISRIC, The Netherlands

CLIFF-GRADS Call: Greenhouse gas emission and emission reduction from reduced food loss and waste

Daniele Eckert Matzembacher


Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul

Measure FLW reduction and associated emission reductions of Brazilian entrepreneurship initiatives in fruits and vegetables that do not meet retail aesthetic standards

SLU, Sweden & Brazil

Laura Holguin


Technical University of Dresden

Characterize digestate option with different combinations of available waste, including yield impacts, methane, and soil-based emissions 

CIAT, Colombia

Li Xue


Chinese Academy of Sciences

Quantifying GHG emissions of agrifood chain and associated food loss and food waste in China: an input-output analysis.

Syddansk University, Denmark & China

Norah Titiya Machinjiri


Haramaya University

Effects of organic matter soil amendments on population dynamics of Aspergillus flavus and its natural antagonists; and on groundnut aflatoxin contamination in Malawi.


Tabitha Nindi


Purdue University

Understanding smallholder farmers' storage habits in Malawi.

MUST, Malawi

Xia Liang


The University of Melbourne

Evidence base for the mitigation of nitrous oxide emission from reduced food loss and waste in China and Myanmar

Hokkaido University, China & Myanmar

In 2019, we anticipate issuing similar calls for research stays to be conducted in 2020. To hear about the call, sign up for our Low Emissions Development newsletter here.

Climate Food and Farming - Global Research Alliance Development Scholarships (CLIFF-GRADS) are implemented by CCAFS, the GRA and Aarhus University in collaboration with host researchers from 28 institutions. Funding is provided by the New Zealand government and via support to CCAFS from CGIAR Trust Fund Donors and through bilateral funding agreements. The United States government, through the USAID Sustainable Landscapes program, supports the fellowships to research food loss and waste.

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