The GRA was launched at COP15, Copenhagen, in December 2009, with 21 countries endorsing a joint ministerial statement establishing the alliance. The GRA was founded on the voluntary, collaborative efforts of countries with membership and governance arrangements underpinned by a Charter signed at the inaugural GRA Alliance Ministerial Summit in Rome, June 2011.
The mission of the GRA is to ‘bring countries together to find ways to grow more food without growing greenhouse gas emissions’ and aims to achieve this through:
Building capacity, partnerships, cooperation and collaboration, to …
reduce emissions intensity of food production, while….
increasing adaptive capacity, while also…
meeting food security objectives
The GRA now has 47 member countries, along with partner organisations like FAO, CCAFS, World Farmers Organisation, African Development Bank and World Bank.
The organisational structure of the GRA includes three main networks (livestock, crops and paddy rice) with the Integrated Research Group (which Australia co-leads with France and Canada), addressing cross-cutting issues like soil carbon, grasslands and modelling. Within each of these networks are a further 25 sub-networks addressing issues from rumen genomics, manure management, soil carbon through to peatland management. The PICCC Director co-leads the Farm to Regional modelling network under GRA.
What does the GRA offer? it provides access to networks of scientists, industry and farmers already working together, it aims to build more distributed expertise and capacity (particularly in developing countries), promotes knowledge and information sharing, builds partnerships, cooperation and collaboration, aims to develop consistency of approaches and methodology, but also aims to develop the synergies between productivity, adaptation and mitigation and reconcile potential conflicts.
For more information see http://globalresearchalliance.org
Article courtesy of the Primary Industries Centre for Climate Challenge www.piccc.org.au