Global Research Alliance (GRA)

Climate change and the increasing need to feed a growing global population are the 2 greatest challenges facing agriculture. These challenges also provide good opportunities for New Zealand's agriculture-based economy.

The GRA at a glance

All 49 GRA member countries – shown in dark blue.

The Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA) brings countries together to find ways to grow more food without growing greenhouse gas emissions.

The GRA was formed in 2009 to increase international cooperation and investment in agricultural research activities that mitigate the effect of greenhouse gas emissions. The GRA has 49 member countries – including many of the world's major agricultural producers.

MPI supports GRA goals 

The GRA aims to:

  • reduce the emissions intensity of agricultural production systems
  • find more opportunities to increase the potential for soil carbon storage (a process known as sequestration).

The GRA gives New Zealand scientists opportunities to collaborate with world-renowned institutes and researchers, and enables them to share knowledge and expertise with the global science community.

MPI strongly supports and promotes the priorities and goals of the GRA. We contribute to collaborative research projects and scientific capability-building activities.

New Zealand:

  • co-chairs the Livestock Research Group of the GRA
  • participates in the Croplands and Integrative Research Groups of the GRA
  • hosts the GRA Secretariat, including the Special Representative
  • is a founding member of the GRA.

Visit the New Zealand page of the GRA website for a complete list of our activities.

Find out more

New Zealand-funded GRA Activities

Global Partnerships in Livestock Emissions Research

To support the objectives of the GRA, MPI manages the New Zealand Fund for Global Partnerships in Livestock Emissions Research (GPLER). It aims to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions from pastoral livestock farming through international research collaboration.

LEARN fellowships and GRASS awards

LEARN is an awards scheme sponsored by MPI. Its aim is to build international science capability in livestock emissions research.

We offer technical training awards, co-funded PhD scholarships, postdoctoral fellowships and senior scientist awards.

World Farmers' Organisation study tour

New Zealand supports an annual study tour as part of the partnership between the GRA and the World Farmers' Organisation (WFO). The GRA-WFO study tour supports farmer-to-farmer discussion on areas of interest and practice that can be applied both locally and internationally.

The GRA-WFO study tour aims to:

  • increase understanding of agricultural greenhouse gas research
  • increase engagement in environmental management practices
  • support sustainable productivity
  • build a network of farmers and farmer representatives that support the above aims.

The 2016 study tour was hosted by New Zealand. Previous study tours were hosted by Argentina in 2015, and New Zealand in 2014.

WFO farmers and board members in New Zealand for the 2016 study tour.
WFO farmers and board members in New Zealand for the 2016 study tour.

The 2016 WFO study tour theme was 'Skills and Tools to Address Climate Change Challenges'.

Board members and invited farmer representatives from WFO member organisations participated in the study tour. Farmer representatives were invited to meet with New Zealand farmers, industry representatives, scientists, and previous study tour participants.

Who to contact

If you have questions about the Global Research Alliance and New Zealand's involvement, email

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