Research funded by ACIAR is largely directed towards attaining food security. This report documents the food security issues in three of ACIAR’s focus areas: East Timor, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific islands. The studies help identify which problems are amenable to solutions, through research, development and extension.
The papers in this report were presented at the 2nd PNG Plant Protection Conference and include information on crop pests, diseases and weeds and their management, pest incursions and quarantine, and pest and disease identification.
Mary Young, Robyn Alders, Sally Grimes, Peter Spradbrow, Paula Dias, Amílcar da Silva and Quintino Lobo
This manual, originally published in 2002, describes the procedures needed to produce and test live, thermostable avirulent I-2 vaccine against Newcastle disease (ND) of poultry. It has formed the basis of practical training workshops for scientists and technicians in vaccine-producing laboratories in Africa and Asia. This second edition, updated on the basis of practical experience over the last decade, has been published due to increasing interest in local production of ND vaccine.
Stephen Midgley, Jeff Bennett, Xeme Samontry, Peter Stevens, Khamphone Mounlamai, Dao Midgley and Alan Brown
This report provides an exploration of the concept of payments for environmental services (financial benefits to land managers who, through improved practices, enhance environmental services such as carbon sequestration, protection of water quality and biodiversity conservation) and the value chains for wood products in Lao PDR. Both these topics are intrinsically linked by their focus on the forests of Laos and their aim of improving livelihoods for thousands of Lao people, many of whom live below the poverty line.
Tony Page, Hanington Tate, Colin Bunt, Anna Potrawiak and Alick Berry
Sandalwood is one of the world’s most valuable forest products. However, much of the wild-sourced sandalwood has been overharvested. The Vanuatu Government has been implementing measures to foster the sustainable use of sandalwood, including controlling the quantity that can be harvested, requiring value-added processing, and producing sandalwood seedlings for planting by landowners.
This report summarises findings from an ACIAR project that aimed to lift agricultural productivity in southern Bangladesh and address the large and growing wheat deficit of the country. The challenge was to determine whether wheat or other short-duration Rabi (dry-season) crops, including mungbean, could be grown profitably under the hot, humid and sometimes saline conditions of this region.
ISBN 978 1 921738 67 8 (print), ISBN 978 1 921738 68 5 (online)
A.B. Cunningham, W. Ingram, W. Daos Kadati, J. Howe, S. Sujatmoko, R. Refli, J.V. Liem, A. Tari, T. Maruk, N. Robianto, A. Sinlae, Y. Ndun, I. Made Maduarta, D. Sulistyohardi and E. Koeslutat
This report analyses a broad range of non-forest timber products to identify those that could be developed into a wider industry to improve the incomes and livelihoods of farmers and agribusiness in the East Nusa Tenggara province of eastern Indonesia.
THIS paper touches on edaphic, climatic, ecological, silvicultural. agricultural, anthropological, socioeconomic, demographic and political problems associated with afforestation and rehabilitation of lmperafa grasslands in Southeast Asia.