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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.

19/06/2014 ACIAR June eNews is out now

ACIAR’s June 2014 issue of e-News includes stories on:

  • Indian and Australian scientists are working together to fast track the development of better wheat

  • The new Australian Government aid policy and performance frameworks

  • Research on clownfish, coral and giant clams

  • Recognising youth’s role in PNG development

18/06/2014 Development policy and performance framework released

The Hon Julie Bishop, Minister for Foreign Affairs today launched the new Development Policy and Performance Framework for Australia’s Aid Program. See the Media Release - The new aid paradigm

10/06/2014 Opportunities for post-graduate scholarships

Applications are now open for ACIAR John Allwright Fellowships for post-graduate study commencing in 2015 at Australian universities.  These fellowships are part of the  Australian Government’s Australia Awards program.

29/05/2014 Recognising youth’s role in PNG development

Papua New Guinean secondary school student James Lunge is the winner of an essay competition being sponsored by ACIAR as part of Australia Week celebrations in PNG.  James’s essay, ‘The ABC of a Youth’s Role in the Socio-economic development of PNG’, examined how PNG youth could make a difference through Active citizenship, B

27/05/2014 Celebrating the first World Fish Migration Day in Lao PDR

An Australian/Lao initiative that built the first fishway to allow Mekong fish species to migrate upstream to spawn was the site of a celebration of the inaugural World Fish Migration Day on 24 May 2014.

19/05/2014 ACIAR May eNews is out

The May 2014 issue of ACIAR’s eNews is now available.

This latest issue includes news on:

13/05/2014 ACIAR and the 2014-15 Federal Budget

The 2014-15 Commonwealth Budget, presented on 13 May 2014, has allocated $96.4m to ACIAR to achieve more productive and sustainable agricultural systems for the benefit of developing countries and Australia through international agricultural research and training partnerships. An additional $27.9m will be sourced from external funding partners, including DFAT.

Details on the Full Budget can be found at the Government’s Budget website.

08/05/2014 Improving agricultural production and profits in the Mekong region

Improvements in agriculture practices in the Mekong region and lessons for policy are being discussed at a conference in Phnom Penh this week.

The conference, ‘A Policy Dialogue on Rice Futures: Rice-based Farming Systems Research in the Mekong Region’ was opened by Australia’s Ambassador to Cambodia, HE Ms Alison Burrows. Around 60 stakeholders from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Vietnam and Australia are attending the conference, which will run from 7 to 9 May 2014.

08/05/2014 Yield should be the focus for achieving global food security

The most effective way to advance food security and protect the environment from now is through continuing progress in crop yields across the globe. This is the key finding in a new book launched today (Thursday 8 May 2014) and written by three world renowned agricultural scientists.

06/05/2014 Increasing smallholder benefits in the forestry value chain

Ensuring smallholders involved in the forestry industry gain equitable benefits in the value chain was the focus of a session hosted by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) at the Forests Asia Summit in Jakarta this week.

17/04/2014 ACIAR April eNews out now

In the latest issue of ACIAR’s eNews read about

  • The new ‘Food Bowl’ program on Australia Network set in Luang Prabang, Lao PDR
  • ACIAR research partnerships in Lao PDR
  • Private sector engagement in Philippines papaya research
  • Fighting cocoa pod borer in PNG

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