|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.
|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||Workshop on improving food security through rice-based farming systems||
Researchers from Lao PDR, Cambodia, Bangladesh and Australia are gathering in Vientiane this week for a three-day workshop on increasing the productivity and profitability of rice-based farming systems.
|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.
|07/06/2012||HarvestPlus biofortification seminar 8 June 2012||
On Friday June 8 2012 HarvestPlus Director Dr. Howarth Bouis will present a seminar at ACIAR about food biofortification, and the role that Australian scientists have played in getting off the ground this new food-based approach to improving nutrition and broader food security.
|01/06/2012||Finding solutions to Iraq’s salinity problems||
An Australian-funded agricultural research project is helping Iraq tackle soil and water salinity problems that are impacting three quarters of the country’s irrigated farmland, and causing around 25,000 hectares of agricultural land to be abandoned each year.
|15/05/2012||Commissioners visit Africa||
Members of the Commission for International Agricultural Research had a successful visit to Tanzania and Kenya in March 2012. They gained a first-hand understanding of agricultural research and development priorities and policy directions in Africa.
|09/05/2012||ACIAR and the 2012-13 Federal Budget||
The 2012-13 Commonwealth Budget, presented on 8 May 2012, has allocated $101m to ACIAR, with an additional $34.6m from AusAID.
Details on the Full Budget can be found at the Government’s Budget website www.budget.gov.au.
The ACIAR Porfolio Budget Statement is at http://www.dfat.gov.au/dept/budget/2011_2012_pbs/2…….
The 2012-13 International Development Assistance Budget statement at the AusAid website http://www.ausaid.gov.au/media/latest.cfm.
Regional allocations for ACIAR’s total research and development (R&D) project budget in 2012-13 are:
|03/05/2012||Wanted: Volunteer agricultural research officer in Hanoi||
An Australian volunteer is being sought to work on an ACIAR research project that is helping the Vietnamese pig industry improve productivity and reduce animal and human health risks.