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 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.

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.

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

Along with

16/04/2014 Lao research symposium celebration

ACIAR research partnerships with the Lao National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute (NAFRI) were highlighted at a special research symposium held in Vientiane on 9-10 April 2014. The 15th NAFRI Anniversary Symposium on Agriculture and Forestry Research for Development presented the results of research by NAFRI and collaborators.

10/04/2014 ‘Food Bowl’ features valued Lao partnerships

The powerful connections between Australian and Lao researchers and farmers are featured in a new TV program aired on Australia Network this week.

‘Food Bowl’ hosts, Ananth and Leesa, visit scenic Luang Prabang to see how agriculture, science and ‘the art of farming’ are coming together to lift people’s lives out of poverty, and ensure a safe food future.

03/04/2014 Food Security Centre News March 2014

The Australian International Food Security Research Centre, part of ACIAR,  has just released its March Newsletter.

Highlights of the edition:

20/03/2014 Event highlights value of NSW partnerships

The contributions of agricultural researchers and agencies in New South Wales to international agricultural research were highlighted at NSW Parliament House, Sydney, on 18 March 2014.

The event arranged by the Crawford Fund, was attended by around 100 people, many of them ACIAR research collaborators, politicians and students.

20/03/2014 ACIAR eNews March 2014 is out

In the March 2014 issue of ACIAR eNews read about:

11/03/2014 Upcoming Forum on Facing the Global Food Crisis

A free forum “Facing the Global Food Crisis: Using Trade and Aid for a Food Secure World” is being held by the Crawford Fund at Parliament House in Sydney on 18 March from 2.30-5.30pm.

A number of researchers who are delivering training and research projects overseas, with major benefits to developing countries and also to NSW will be presenting at the Forum.

04/03/2014 Supporting our region's agricultural research leaders

The Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop MP has awarded John Dillon Fellowships to nine talented agricultural research managers from the Indian Ocean Asia Pacific who are at the forefront of the development of their agricultural, fisheries and forestry industries in their countries.

20/02/2014 ACIAR Stategic Plan 2014-2018 released

ACIAR’s Strategic Plan 2014-18 has been officially launched by the Hon. Senator Brett Mason, Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs. The Strategic Plan outlines ACIAR’s contribution to building economic prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region.

Speaking at the launch Senator Mason described how ACIAR delivers research outcomes that result in economic development.