Funding sharpens NZ focus on low emission farming

A $400,000 funding programme to build global expertise on climate change, agriculture and food security will boost New Zealand’s contribution to agricultural greenhouse gas research.

The scholarship, announced on Tuesday at the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA) Council meeting in Tsukuba, Japan, is a joint initiative of the GRA and the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research.

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy said that in light of global population growth pressures, all major food producers and the international scientific community need to be fully involved in finding ways to produce food more efficiently and sustainably.

The funding support will enable up to 40 recipients to be hosted in research centres of GRA partners and member countries over the next three years.

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