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.

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.

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

The ACIAR Porfolio Budget Statement is at…….

The 2012-13 International Development Assistance Budget statement at the AusAid website

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.

02/05/2012 Nurturing Pacific and Indigenous aquaculture

A session on aquaculture development by Pacific Islanders and Indigenous Australians is being sponsored by ACIAR at the Australasian Aquaculture 2012 conference in Melbourne on Thursday 3 May 2012.

30/04/2012 Australia and Pakistan share citrus knowledge

Members of Pakistan’s citrus industry visited Sunraysia in April 2012 to learn about Australian farming practices for potential application back in Pakistan.

26/03/2012 Cambodian vegetable industry forum looks to the future

The inaugural Cambodian Vegetable Industry Forum held on 28-29 February 2012 brought together 150 players to consider how to strengthen the industry into the future.

15/03/2012 Global Conference on Women in Agriculture

ACIAR sponsored six women involved in ACIAR projects to attend the ‘Global Conference on Women in Agriculture’ held in New Delhi, India on 13-15 March 2012.