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18/12/2014 Australia and Canada select five African research teams to improve food security

The Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) and Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) announced five projects in eastern and southern Africa to address food security problems. The projects are funded through Cultivate Africa’s Future (CultiAF), a four-year, $15-million partnership between the two agencies. CultiAF supports innovative research on post-harvest systems, nutrition, and sustainable water use.

16/12/2014 Food Bowl comes to PNG

The Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) is excited to announce the screening of Food Bowl’s PNG episode on ABC Australia Plus Network, Wednesday 17 December, 2014 (Port Moresby time  – 6.30 pm, 9.30 pm, 18 December 00.30am).

‘Food Bowl’ is “about how agriculture, science and the art of farming come together to lift lives out of poverty ensuring a safe food future”.

27/11/2014 White Ribbon Day: international day for elimination of violence against women

“Violence against women is a domestic and global issue,” said Foreign Minister Julie Bishop as she launched an online interactive map on Tuesday that shows where and how Pacific Women is working to reduce violence against women.

“In the Pacific, six out of 10 surveyed women and girls have experienced violence by a family member or intimate partner”. The Fiji Times covered the launch.

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.

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