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.

08/03/2012 Supporting a better future for women in PNG

In Port Moresby today Australia’s Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Pacific Island Affairs, Richard Marles, met with a group of PNG’s leading female agricultural researchers. The meeting was arranged to mark the 2012 International Women’s Day, which this year is themed ‘Empower Rural Women: End Hunger and Poverty’.

07/03/2012 Celebrating women’s contribution to PNG agriculture

To mark International Women’s Day, 8 March 2012, the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) is highlighting the important contribution of Papua New Guinea’s women agricultural researchers to empowering rural women to end hunger and poverty.

27/02/2012 Mutual gains on waterlogged, saline soils

Two Australian and three Indian teams are working together to improve crop resilience to soil toxicities that are compromising Indian farmers’ capacity to feed their families and posing a major threat to Australian growers.

23/02/2012 Revolutionising Plant Pest and Disease Diagnostics

A new remote microscope network is becoming a world leader in providing fast and accessible information on outbreaks of exotic plant pests and diseases through a web-based diagnostic system.

There are already 58 remote microscopes throughout Australia, in Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, East Timor, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and New Zealand enabling remote diagnostics of biosecurity threats.

23/02/2012 Behind the News: A Bug's Life

An ACIAR-funded project in Cambodia, that has been teaching farmers and their children about better ways of managing crop pests and diseases, is featured on ABC TV’s premier educational program ‘Behind the News’.

20/02/2012 Indonesia project news

ACIAR’s Indonesia office recently produced a new look ‘ACIAR Indonesia’ newsletter which is packed full of interesting and colourful snapshots from some of the 48 ACIAR-supported projects across the country.

15/02/2012 ACIAR'S forestry research in Pacific island countries

Forests and trees have great cultural significance for Pacific island people and provide many benefits for subsistence and livelihoods. In some of the Pacific island countries, such as Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Fiji, forests have also been commercially exploited and forest industries are important contributors to the national economies. Forests are held under custom landownership, but governments regulate commercial forestry operations. While timber is important, there are many non-timber forest products, which provide significant cash incomes for people in remote locations.

08/02/2012 Getting results from Australian international agricultural research

Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd has welcomed the release of an independent report that will help ensure the Australia Government is working to deliver more for every dollar it invests in international agricultural research.

Mr Rudd said with approximately 1 billion malnourished people in the world, and the global population estimated to grow by a further 2 billion by 2050, it is critical Australia maximises its investment in agricultural science, technology and training.

19/01/2012 Making the transition out of subsistence agriculture in West Timor

Australian volunteer Skye Gabb recently spent 10 months living in West Timor. She worked with the local Assessment Institute for Agricultural Technology (BPTP NTT) on an ACIAR project helping farmers integrate forage legumes to increase crop and livestock production.