|17/11/2014||“The planet needs more plant scientists” African educators meet in Nairobi to develop educational tools for a next generation of African plant breeders||
Educators of plant breeders in Africa met in Nairobi last week to develop new education and training materials for “Demand led plant variety design”. The educators from several African universities, regional and international organisations are sharing experiences across eastern, southern and West Africa on the content and organisation of current plant breeding courses and future needs.
|03/11/2014||President of the Policy Advisory Council||
The Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, has appointed Professor Kym Anderson as the President of the ACIAR Policy Advisory Council.
ACIAR congratulates Professor Anderson on his appointment and looks forward to a close and productive working relationship.
|16/10/2014||Foreign Minister announces project to mark World Food Day||
The Hon Julie Bishop MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs today announced the launch of an agricultural research and development project in partnership with the Swiss-based Syngenta Foundation to mark World Food Day.
This year’s World Food Day theme is Family Farming – “Feeding the world, caring for the earth” and aims to raise the profile of family farming and smallholder farmers.
|18/09/2014||New water project to help farmers in Nepal, India and Bangladesh||
On 17 September 2014 in Kathmandu, HE Glenn White, Australian Ambassador to Nepal, launched a 4-year ACIAR-funded project on improving water use for dry-season agriculture in the Eastern Gangetic Plains.
HE Glenn White addresses project partners and stakeholders during the inception workshop.
|04/09/2014||Policy Advisory Council members welcomed by ACIAR||
ACIAR has been hosting the annual visit of its international Policy Advisory Council this week.
From left to right, standing – Dr Jia Jingdun, Professor Kym Anderson, Dr Agung Hendriadi, Dr Jimmie Rodgers, Dr Alok Jha, Dr Nick Austin, Dr Ouk Makara, Mr Blair Exell, Mr Xaypladeth Choulamany and Dr Iftikhar Ahmad
From left to right, seated - Dr Leah Buendia, Dr Nguyen Van Bo, Professor Ruth Oniang’o
|27/08/2014||Crawford Fund's Annual Parliamentary Conference||
Today is the Crawford Fund’s annual Parliamentary Conference in Canberra: ETHICS, EFFICIENCY AND FOOD SECURITY: Feeding The 9 Billion, Well.
|26/08/2014||RAID is launched!||
The international development community is facing an uphill battle in attracting young scientists into the exciting world of agricultural research for development.
Researchers in Agriculture for International Development (RAID) is a new Australian-based network that is taking on this challenge by connecting, engaging and supporting early to mid-career agricultural scientists working, or wishing to work in this space.
|20/08/2014||The World Olympics of Horticulture||
There is something exciting happening in Brisbane this week, with people from all over the world celebrating the wonderful world of horticulture! It is the 29th International Horticultural Congress | Sustaining Lives, Livelihoods and Landscapes | 17-22 August 2014.
|18/08/2014||Australian Government’s Economic Diplomacy agenda||
Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop and Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb today launched the Coalition’s Economic Diplomacy policy at the Lowy Institute for International Policy in Sydney.
“Today we have launched two charters that set out the expertise on offer to Australian businesses and State and Territory Governments from DFAT, Austrade, Tourism Australia, the Export Finance Insurance Corporation and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.”
|12/08/2014||New members of Commission announced||
The Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Julie Bishop MP has announced the appointment of five new members to the Commission for International Agricultural Research. The Commission provides expert strategic advice to underpin the Australian Government’s commitment to international agricultural research within the new aid policy.
|29/07/2014||Partners magazine focus on nutrition||
ACIAR has issued its latest Partners in Research for Development magazine which focuses on nutrition in agricultural research for development.
The magazine showcases ACIAR research around the world linked to improving nutrition through a variety of approaches - from crop diversification to livestock disease management and from market engagement to food safety.
|18/07/2014||Plant biosecurity initiative targets Africa||
A new program to build skills in plant biosecurity in eastern Africa will help address significant regional plant pest and disease issues and facilitate intra-regional trade through Australian support.
|09/07/2014||Upcoming event 18 July: Biosecurity threats and strategies||
ACIAR CEO Dr Nick Austin is speaking at a breakfast forum on ‘Biosecurity: International Dimensions, Threats and Strategies’ in Melbourne on 18 July 2014.
|07/07/2014||New Australian program to support Lao and Cambodian rice farmers||
A new Australian agricultural research program has been launched to help farmers in lowland rice growing areas to use machinery and diversify their farming to reduce costs and increase production.
|04/07/2014||Boosting productivity of smallholder farms in Nepal, India and Bangladesh||
Smallholder farmers in the Eastern Gangetic Plain region of Nepal, Bangladesh and India will benefit from a new research initiative aiming to make agriculture more productive, profitable and sustainable.The region is home to 300 million people and has the world’s highest concentration of rural poverty.