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Thirty four countries to research agricultural emissions

The Alliance has already supported research into paddy rice production systems (© Neil Palmer (CIAT))
The Alliance has already supported research into paddy rice production systems
© Neil Palmer (CIAT)

More than 30* countries have signed up to the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases, which will coordinate the research of the world's top scientists in agricultural emissions in order to find ways of increasing food production without increasing greenhouse gas emissions. Launched by New Zealand 18 months ago, the Alliance is designed to increase international cooperation and investment in research and has already supported research into livestock, paddy rice production systems and ways of limiting the loss of carbon and nitrogen from crops and soils.

"Agriculture plays a vital role in food security, poverty reduction and sustainable development," explains New Zealand's International Climate Change Negotiations Minister Mr Groser. "But the sector is especially vulnerable to the effects of climate change, as well as facing the challenge of increasing global food demand while reducing global greenhouse gas emissions. The reality is that globally, not enough research has been focused on reducing agricultural greenhouse gases, compared to other sectors such as energy and transport. The Alliance changes this," he adds.

*Member countries are: Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Italy, Ireland, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, the Philippines, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Vietnam

Date published: June 2011

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