18/12/2013 New report finds Afghan farmers benefit from new seed varieties

An evaluation report by the Centre for International Economics (CIE) has been published on wheat and maize projects in Afghanistan.

The report indicates that ACIAR’s ten-year research initiative in Afghanistan has resulted in some 10 percent of targeted farmers growing improved, higher-yielding wheat varieties despite the challenging security situation.

17/12/2013 Report on Australian benefits from International R&D

A report on the benefits of international agricultural research for Australia and developing countries has been released by the Crawford Fund.

‘Doing Well by Doing Good’ was produced by a taskforce established in March 2013 to consider the benefits accruing to Australia from development assistance-related investment in international agricultural research.

05/12/2013 Balancing the soil bank on World Soil Day

The Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) is celebrating World Soil Day on 5 December 2013.

World Soil Day highlights the importance of soil as a critical part of the natural world and as a vital contributor to food, water and energy security, and as a mitigator of biodiversity loss and climate change.

The day is celebrated by the global community of 60,000 soil scientists charged with responsibility of generating and communicating soil knowledge for the common good.

02/12/2013 New vegetable field guide for Australia and Cambodia

The Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) is pleased to announce the release of a field guide on the key pests and diseases of tomato, capsicum, chilli and eggplant crops.

The aim of the guide is to help farmers and advisors in Australia and Cambodia to recognise the insect pest and disease organisms present and know how they can be controlled.

25/11/2013 Latest issue of ACIAR eNews - out now!

The latest issue of ACIAR eNews is now available.

This issue covers our feature story on Australian benefits from ACIAR Research. It includes program and project news, events and functions, and links to recent ACIAR publications.

20/11/2013 Sustainable impact through collaborative agricultural research

The benefits of collaborative partnerships between Australian, African and Indian agricultural researchers will be highlighted at the Development Futures conference at the University of Technology Sydney on 21-22 November 2013.

The Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) will present a session at the fourth conference of the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) University Network which is themed ‘Alternative Pathways to End Poverty’.

18/11/2013 Seeds of Life program reaching more families

Over 30,000 farming families in Timor Leste are now growing one or more improved varieties of food crops produced by ACIAR’s Seeds of Life program.

A mid-2013 survey, which involved 672 households in 55 sub-districts across 13 districts, found the average rate of adoption of improved varieties had risen to 25% of all crop-farming families, up from 18% in 2011.

Tens of thousands of families are reaping the benefits of the program.

05/11/2013 Foreign Minister’s address to ACFID

On 30 October 2013, Australian’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Julie Bishop, made an address to the Chairs and CEOs of non-government organisations that are members of the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID)

31/10/2013 2014 John Allwright Fellowships offered

27 successful applicants from 18 countries are being offered John Allwright Fellowship scholarships to commence studies in Australia in 2014.

ACIAR’s John Allwright Fellowship was introduced in 1986 to provide the opportunity for partner-country scientists involved in ACIAR-supported collaborative research projects to obtain postgraduate qualifications at Australian tertiary institutions.

28/10/2013 New guide to Melaleuca species

The Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) is pleased to announce the release of a comprehensive guide to Melaleucas.

23/10/2013 Annual Report 2012-13

ACIAR’s 2012-13 Annual Report has been published.

The report outlines the Centre’s research and financial performance over the past year.

There is also a photoset that highlights some of our key achievements published in the report.

17/10/2013 ACIAR eNews October 2013

The October 2013 issue of ACIAR eNews is now available.

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15/10/2013 Helping rural women build business

This week ACIAR celebrates International Day of Rural Women (15 October), World Food Day (16 October) and International Day of Eradication of Poverty (17 October).

Research shows giving women access to agricultural resources, training and services helps them increase their farm productivity by 20 to 30%.  As women gain increased control of household resources the outcomes for the next generation are improved, and women have a greater role in decision making.

26/09/2013 New impact assessment manager

ACIAR welcomes Dr Andrew Alford as the new manager of the Impact Assessment program.  He will continue the professional evaluation of ACIAR’s R&D investments and progress the development of methods that are used to determine their effectiveness.

25/09/2013 Regional services in the Pacific imperative

Provision of regional services in the Pacific is imperative, and this need will continue. So said Dr Jimmie Rodgers, Director-General of the Secretariat of Pacific Community (SPC) at the National Press Club in Canberra on Wednesday 25 September 2013.

“There are a range of countries in the Pacific, some well endowed with resources, others with some resources, and others that will always need significant support because of their small size and low resource base,” Dr Rodgers said.