22/05/2013 External Review released

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Bob Carr, has today released the finding from an Independent Review into ACIAR. The review, the first of ACIAR since 1998, confirms ACIAR’s role in contributing to global food security and poverty alleviation and effectiveness in delivering outcomes. Minister Carr said “The review team have said that ACIAR is an institution of which all Australians can be proud. I too share that view.”

15/05/2013 ACIAR and the 2013-14 Federal Budget

The 2013-14 Commonwealth Budget, presented on 14 May 2013, has allocated $94m to ACIAR. An additional $35m will be sourced from external funding partners, including AusAID.

02/05/2013 John Allwright Fellowship applications now open

Applications are now open for ACIAR’s John Allwright Fellowships, part of the Australia Awards program.

03/12/2012 Australia-Canada partnership for food security in Africa

A strategic partnership between the newly-launched Australian International Food Security Centre and Canada’s International Development Research Centre was announced on Friday 30 November to improve food security in sub-Saharan Africa.

Senator The Hon Bob Carr, Minister for Foreign Affairs, made the announcement at the opening of the international forum, “Food Security in Africa: Bridging Research and Practise”. He also launched the Australian International Food Security Centre (AIFSC).

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).