28/05/2015 Nepal earthquake appeal

The Nepal earthquake which occurred on 25 April killed more than 7,000 people and injured more than twice that number. Sindhu Palchok and Kabhre Palanchok—regions where Australian Government-funded forestry projects have operated for 30 years—are two of the most severely affected districts. Nepalese partners are in a state of shock.

12/05/2015 ACIAR and the 2015-16 Federal Budget

The 2015-16 Commonwealth Budget, presented on 12 May 2015, has allocated $91.7m 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 $25.2m will be sourced from external funding partners, including DFAT.

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

20/03/2015 Foreign Minister launches Partners Magazine

Partners in Research for Development Issue one 2015 launched by Ms Julie Bishop MP, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs.

22/12/2014 Food Bowl comes to Timor-Leste

The Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) is excited to announce the screening of Food Bowl’s Timor-Leste episode on ABC Australia Plus Network, on Tuesday 24 December 2014 (Dili time – 5.30 pm, 8.30 pm, 11.30 pm)

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”.

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.