Minister of State Martin Heydon announced made the announcement with New Zealand Minister for Agriculture, Damien O’Connor M.P., in Washington D.C. today at the Agricultural Innovation Mission for Climate Summit.

The first Call was established following the signing of a Memorandum of Arrangement between both organisations in May 2022.

This provided for the establishment a 3-year pilot Joint Research Initiative (JRI) over the period 2022 to 2024 in recognition of the strong existing research connections and the common challenges facing the agri-food sectors in both Ireland and New Zealand.

Over €7 million in joint funding was awarded to four research projects in the 2022 Call.

For the second Call, four topics of research will be sought after:

• Land management on organic agricultural soils to support the development of GHG mitigation and Carbon sequestration

• Refinement of agricultural GHG emissions inventories through the development of emission factors for Methane, Nitrous Oxide and Carbon Dioxide

• Identification and development of technologies for the mitigation of greenhouse gases from ruminant systems

• Digitalisation and data to support climate-related action and management practices in agriculture.