The Commonwealth Budget of 2010-11 presented on 11 May 2010 has allocated $70.9 million to ACIAR. 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/2010_2011_pbs/2…. Details on the Budget appropriations for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade can be found at the Foreign Affairs website http://www.dfat.gov.au/dept/budget/index.html and the 2010-11 International Development Assistance Budget statement at the AusAid website http://www.ausaid.gov.au/media/latest.cfm.
ACIAR’s appropriation from the Australian Parliament is allocated as part of Australia’s official development assistance program. In consultation with the Minister for Foreign Affairs and relevant partners, we seek to ensure the geographic spread of bilateral projects reflects the priorities of the Aid program and Australia’s areas of comparative advantage, by allocating expenditure by region within agreed parameters:
- Indonesia, East Timor and Philippines 32%
- Mekong countries 23%
- South Asia 18%
- Papua New Guinea and Pacific 18%
- Sub-Saharan Africa 9%
ACIAR will implement five key programs, linked to the Australian Government’s Food Security through Rural Development initiative, to help increase food security in partner countries. The programs are:
- Safeguarding food security in rice-based farming systems of Mekong countries and South Asia
- Adaptation to climate change for rice-based systems in the Mekong Delta
- Developing high-value agriculture, forestry and fishery products in the Pacific
- Sustainable intensification of maize-legume cropping systems in sub-Saharan Africa
- Increasing financial support to the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).
Bilateral research receives the largest single allocation of funds followed by multilateral research carried out through international agricultural research centres. This allocation has an Asia-Pacific focus, directed towards poorer countries and, in particular, lagging regions within partner developing countries. ACIAR is also engaged in a small number of programs and projects in eastern and southern Africa. Education and training, impact assessment and communicating research results complete expenditure on research.
ACIAR’s R&D investment also compliments, and where applicable, operates under the umbrella of a number of AusAID development programs, such as the Cambodian Agricultural Value Chain Program in Cambodia, and the Australia Pakistan Agriculture Sector Linkages Program. Specific activities including in Papua New Guinea, Cambodia, Indonesia and East Timor receive funding from AusAID. ACIAR is also involved in Australian aid program initiatives including programs in Iraq and PNG.
Remaining budget is allocated to support ACIAR’s overseas offices and administration costs in running the Centre.
Full details of country priorities and budgeted allocations for ACIAR in 2010-11 will be available through the Centre’s Annual Operational Plan to be published at the end of June 2010.