Bogor, 16-01-2018       Indonesia Version

Agriculture plays critical role in achieving food security, reducing the poverty, and sustainable development. Agriculture sector is susceptible to climate change effect and facing serious challenge to increase world food production, simultanously, reducing contribution of greenhouse gases. Therefore, it is a necesary to increase research and investation cooperation to mitigate and create adaptive technology in achieving more productive agriculture system.
GRA  is a framework which volunteered developing research and investation cooperation related to reduce the greenhouse gases in agriculture production system; increasing potential of sequestration carbon; increasing the eficiency, productivity, durability and capacity of adaptation in order to sustainably contribute in achieving mitigation besides the food security.

The Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases was established based on non-binding Charter from Senior Official Meeting (SOM) on 2 March 2011 in Versailles-France as a continuation of UNFCCC Conference Parties (COP) on 15 December 2009 in Copenhagen-Denmark and the SOM on 1 April 2010 in Wellington-New Zealand. Currently, the GRA has 47 countries member, 44 partnerships and 4 research groups: (1) Cropland Research Group (CRG), (2) Livestock Research Group (LRG), (3) Paddy-Rice Research Group (PRG) and (4) Integrative Research Group (IRG).

Dr. Bess Tiesnamurti (Researcher of ICARD) has attended the GRA Council Meeting and Science Symposium conducted in Tsukuba, Ibaraki-Ken, Japan for seven days from 28 August – 2 September 2017. The meeting was opened by Director of JIRCAS as the head of GRA which was attended by 79 participants from 26 countries member, 6 observer countries, participants from CGIAR (CCAFS, ICRISAT and IRRI) and another organization such as FAO, The ADB, CATIE and CCAC/UNEP. The symposium was attended by GRA Council participants, researchers of NARO and JIRCAS and the researcher of projects conducted by JIRCAS.

The GRA Council in Tsukuba, Japan on 29-30 August 2017 facilitated a discussion about the activities in the GRA Flagship and joint planning mechanism to support the activities in accordance with the flagships, besides collaboration building with partners which will contribute on the research which allow GRA to apply the research result on the farmer land.

The International Science Symposium on Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Emissions was conducted on 31 August 2017 organized by NARO and JIRCAS. The theme of the symposium was “Producing Food and Maintaining Environmental Sustainability at the same time” or “Tsukurinagara Mamoru” in Japanese.