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).

18/05/2017 Vacancies at ACIAR

ACIAR currently has four positions available in its Canberra office.

For details on how to apply please see the recruitment page on this website

10/05/2017 ACIAR Federal Budget update

ACIAR and the 2017-18 Federal Budget

The 2017-18 Commonwealth Budget, presented on 9 May 2017, has allocated
$106.5 m to ACIAR to contribute to poverty reduction and improved livelihoods, through more productive and sustainable agriculture emerging from collaborative international research. An additional $17.5 m will be sourced from external funding partners, including DFAT.

05/05/2017 Seminar - Towards increased food security and welfare in Timor-Leste

Towards increased food security and welfare in Timor-Leste

A seminar examining the impact of the adoption of improved maize varieties introduced through the Seeds of Life (SoL) program during 2007-2015.

Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU.

Tuesday 09 May 2017
Speaker: Professor Sonia Akter, Assistant Dean (Research), Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore.

04/05/2017 CIAT- ACIAR gender workshop

CIAT- ACIAR gender workshop
Strengthening the gender lens in agricultural production and value-chain research in Vietnam.

Follow link for information and resources.


06/04/2017 Bean-to-bar chocolate experiment a sweet success creating a powerful partnership

Local Canberra entrepreneur and chocolate makers Li Peng Monroe and Peter Channells of Jasper and Myrtle Chocolates have been working with the Australian Government’s Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) to source the unique Trinitario cocoa beans from The Autonomous Region of Bougainville.

29/03/2017 WA agricultural expertise aids Bangladeshi food security

WA agricultural expertise aids Bangladeshi food security

Western Australian innovation has helped to transform agricultural production in Bangladesh through an international capacity building project to aid the adoption of more efficient, effective and sustainable farming systems.