26/11/2012 From student to extension worker

Khairun Nisa is one of a network of farming advisory staff employed in villages across Aceh, Indonesia. However Khairun does more than occupy an office and attend events; she is one of a new generation of enthusiastic, trained staff looking for opportunities to help farmers grow better crops and improve their livelihoods. Her motivation comes from her own family farm—her workshop where she experiments with crops not grown locally, as well as improving yields of crops familiar to local farmers.

20/11/2012 Independent review of ACIAR

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Senator Carr, recently commissioned an external review of ACIAR.

The review will assess ACIAR’s appropriateness, effectiveness and efficiency in response to the changing global context.

Panel members have been busy meeting ACIAR partners and other stakeholders. Read more about their work on the blog.

09/11/2012 South Pacific cocoa growers rate their own beans

How many cocoa growers have tasted chocolate made from their beans? With assistance from two Australian chocolate companies, ACIAR’s Pacific Agribusiness Research for Development Initiative (PARDI) cocoa project recently produced single origin chocolate bars from samples collected throughout Vanuatu and Solomon Islands, allowing farmers to taste the fruits of their labour for the first time.

Read the full story here.

31/10/2012 ACIAR Annual Report 2011-12

ACIAR’s Annual Report for 2011-12 was tabled in Parliament on Wednesday 31 October 2012. The report highlights major achievements in the past financial year, and outlines the Centre’s research and financial performance.

26/10/2012 Australia's input in international food policy research

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has just issued a new publication outlining Australian Government involvement in international food policy development.

The Institute provides solid research and evidence-based policy options to partners in donor and recipient countries. It is part of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).

10/10/2012 AIFSC opens office in Nairobi, Kenya

Foreign Minister Bob Carr announced the establishment of a new office for the Australian International Food Security Centre (AIFSC) in Nairobi, Kenya.

08/10/2012 Minister announces review to improve international food security

Foreign Minister Bob Carr has announced the first external review of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) since 1998.

Senator Carr said ACIAR is part of Australia’s aid program and the external review will examine ACIAR’s effectiveness in contributing to global food security and poverty alleviation.

“Five-hundred million people living in poverty rely on farming, trying to grow enough food for themselves and their families on areas as small as the size of an Australian suburban backyard,” Senator Carr said.

02/10/2012 AIFSC Adoption Pathways project commences

The first planning and inception meeting of the ‘Identifying socioeconomic constraints to and incentives for faster technology adoption: Pathways to sustainable intensification in Eastern and Southern Africa’ (Adoption Pathways project) was held recently in Ethiopia.

The project focuses on the socioeconomic, policy, institutional, risk, and agro-climatic constraints and/or incentives that affect farmers’ technology-adoption behavior and is one of the first projects to be funded by the Australian International Food Security Centre (AIFSC).

21/09/2012 Experts meet in Nairobi to shape new nutrition program for Africa

A new program to help deliver improved nutrition to Africa was recently designed at a workshop in Nairobi. The expert panel defined research priorities for Australian investments in the sphere of food and nutritional security in sub-Saharan Africa.

The workshop was hosted by the International Livestock Research Insititute, supported by the Australian International Food Security Centre (AIFSC).


10/09/2012 AIFSC international conference update

The Australian International Food Security Centre (AIFSC) is planning an international event, Food Security in Africa: Bridging Research and Practice, for the end of November 2012 in Sydney. The invite-only event will include a high-level Forum (leadership dialogue) for officials from Africa and Australia, together with international experts on global food security. The main purpose of the Forum is to officially launch the AIFSC and strengthen its collaborative partnerships.

16/08/2012 Trees for Food Security: new project launch in Africa

A new four-year ‘Trees for Food Security’ project has been launched in Eastern Africa with $5.5 million of funding from the Australian International Food Security Centre (AIFSC).

18/07/2012 Crawford Fund 2012 Parliamentary Conference

The Scramble for Natural Resources: More Food, Less Land?

Can agriculture continue to produce enough food for a growing population? And can it do so with increasing competition for land, water and our natural resource base?

The answers to these questions are fundamental to our ability to ensure food security for all.

The Crawford Fund’s 2012 Parliamentary Conference is entitled “The Scramble for Natural Resources: More Food, Less Land?” will seek to address these issues at Parliament House in Canberra on 9 and 10 October.

06/07/2012 Sharing expertise with our neighbours

Indonesian leaders in the field of agricultural research are currently travelling through Australia as part of a two-week visit. They are being exposed to various research management models in order to improve approaches to managing agricultural research in their home country.
The representatives are heads from central government institutions and leaders of provincial research agencies in Indonesia. The visit is hosted by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) and co-funded by the Indonesian Agency for Agricultural Research and Development (IAARD).

29/06/2012 ACIAR consults Lao PDR on key priorities

Key agricultural research priorities of Lao PDR for the next five years were discussed at ACIAR consultations in Vientiane on 18 June 2012.

12/06/2012 Researcher honoured for dedication to Timor-Leste agriculture

On 11 June 2012 long-time ACIAR collaborator Rob Williams was honoured with an Order of Australia Medal for service to overseas humanitarian aid projects, particularly through the ACIAR/AusAID-funded ‘Seeds of Life’ Program in Timor-Leste.