The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM; http://www.ruforum.org), International Livestock Research Institute in Nairobi (ILRI) and the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA; https://globalresearchalliance.org/) invite applications from RUFORUM Member Universities for the second Global Research Alliance Graduate Research Grants (GRA-GRG) call. This call aims to train PhD students in Africa to conduct advanced applied research on livestock greenhouse gases.
Africa’s livestock is one-third of the global livestock population and provides about 40% of the agricultural GDP in Africa. Livestock will be increasingly important in the future in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) because the demand for animal-source food is projected to increase due to population growth, increased incomes, and urbanization. Policies to reduce GHG emissions from livestock production in Africa are aspirational goals stated in Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) that nearly every African country committed to after the 2015 Paris Agreement. Within the agricultural sector, livestock is the largest emitter of GHG, hence a key
sub-sector for achieving reductions in GHG emissions intensity.
Funding for the GRA-GRG is provided by the Government of New Zealand through the Ministry for Primary Industries, in support of the GRA.
This Request for Proposal (RFP) seeks to extend university activities to work more closely with rural communities, especially agro-pastoral and pastoral, through multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional partnerships involving key stakeholders such as research, extension and development agencies, policymakers, and the private sector.
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