12/03/2018 SPC and ACIAR sign Strategic Partnership Agreement

Suva, Fiji –The Pacific Community (SPC) and its longstanding partner, the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) have signed a Strategic Partnership Agreement for 2018-2021. The agreement backed by a 1.7m AUD commitment by ACIAR, sets the stage for accelerating agricultural research efforts across the region.

27/02/2018 Foreign Minister launches Ten-Year strategy

Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Julie Bishop MPyesterday launched ACIAR’s Ten-Year Strategy, which provides a clear direction for our organisation into the future.

The Foreign Minister released this statement to accompany the launch:

26/02/2018 ACIAR launches Ten-Year strategy

All countries in the Indo-Pacific region are grappling with the complex challenges of how to grow more food and reduce poverty using less land, water and energy.

Since 1982 the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) has made a significant contribution to meeting these challenges.

By leveraging international agricultural partnerships, ACIAR seeks to promote more productive and sustainable agricultural systems for the benefit of developing countries and Australia.

12/02/2018 Australian agricultural research lifeline for drought-plagued South Africa

Australian ingenuity could be the solution to save South Africa from devastating drought in the future. The Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), together with the University of Pretoria, is working to deliver a system to revolutionise water management in the agricultural sector, which is facing extensive crop wipe-out and job losses as the taps begin to run dry without a cloud in sight.

01/02/2018 2019 JAF applications now open

Applications for the 2019 John Allwright Fellowship (JAF) are now open.

For the next two months, we are welcoming participants currently working on ACIAR projects in developing partner countries to apply.

Our fellowship scheme has been running since 1986 and aims to build the research capacity of our partner countries by sponsoring local scientists to gain postgraduate qualifications at Australian institutions.

24/01/2018 Media release - Maritime experts tackle food security issues in Pacific

Catching, trading and eating fish is central to the South Pacific way of life, but in recent years rising populations and associated increased fishing pressure has led to a decline in coastal fisheries.

By the year 2030, an additional 100,000+ tonnes of fish per year will be needed across the Pacific region to ensure good nutrition and health outcomes.

18/01/2018 Call for submissions: Cultivate Africa’s Future Phase 2

The call for submissions of concept notes for Phase 2 of Cultivate Africa’s Future is now open.

In June 2017, the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) and IDRC announced a 10-year program framework that includes a five-year CA$20 million (AUD$20 million) partnership for Cultivate Africa’s Future – Phase 2 (CultiAF-2).

20/11/2017 Media release - Common sense needs to drive plant breeding

Contact: Cathy Reade, Crawford Fund, 0413575934


19/09/2017 Dispute over fish ladders

Dispute over fish ladders to save species

Advocates argue scaly fish can pass through river barriers

11/09/2017 Coral sex research breakthrough could lead to repair of damaged coral reefs

A research partnership backed by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) has made a breakthrough that could mean the restoration and repair of reefs around the world, including our own Great Barrier Reef–and it all relies on hot, steamy, coral sex.
The project, led by Southern Cross University’s Professor Peter Harrison, has been working in the Philippines, in an area of reef highly degraded by blast fishing.

14/08/2017 Q&A: Bringing Australia's 'best kept secret' on food security into the open

By Lisa Cornish

Original article curtesy of…

CANBERRA — The Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research is an Australian government agency tasked with brokering and funding agricultural research partnerships between Australian scientists and their counterparts in developing countries.

17/07/2017 Vacancy at ACIAR - Chief Scientist

ACIAR currently has a new Chief Scientist position available in its Canberra office.


Chief Scientist

This position reflects the growth of ACIAR and the need to ensure sufficient executive oversight of ACIAR’s research portfolio, the balance and modalities of research investment across the portfolio, and science quality and impact. 


A new AUS $25 million investment will support greater food security and improve nutrition throughout Eastern and Southern Africa, the partners behind the investment – Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) – announced at a June 30 event in Nairobi.

03/07/2017 MAJESTIC GIANTS Back from the brink

Fiji Airways magazine July/August 2017

Words & Images by ANNE MOORHEAD

There are many magnificent creatures found
on the tropical reefs of the Pacific islands, but few
are as spectacular as giant clams.

Today giant clams are back, at least in some
protected areas, due to the combined efforts of
many dedicated people including researchers,
fisheries authorities, coastal communities and
resort staff.

13/06/2017 The Mobile Acquired Data (MAD) Showcase 9 August 2017, Canberra


Since 2015, the Mobile Acquired Data (MAD) series of research activities have supported and assessed the use of digital data collection apps within the context of agricultural research projects in low resource settings. MAD is led by AgImpact and funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR).