Prepared by: Professor Helen Wallace
Co-authors: Craig Johns, Jen Carter, Kim Jones, Bruce Randall, Maria Raciti, Colin Bunt, Elektra Grant, David Walton, Tio Nevenimo, Joseph Tungon, Ioan Viji, Votausi McKenzie, Richard Pauku
This project investigates value-adding and processing opportunities for both domestic and export markets for canarium nuts in Vanuatu and Solomon Islands. There are differences in quantity and quality of supply, processing techniques, and types of products and markets in each country. In Vanuatu there is evidence of unfulfilled domestic demand, and significant potential to tap into the increasing tourist market coming by air and ship.
Prepared by: John Steen, Shabbir Ahmad, Martie-Louise Verreynne, George Battese and Abid Burki
Co-authors: Dr. Muhammad Azeem Khan, Dr. Abid Hussain, Dr. Abdul Jabbar, Nadeem Akmal
The overall aim of this project was to identify constraints that impede smallholders’ capacity to adopt innovative farming practices and better marketing strategies to improve farm-level productivity and profitability.
Prepared by: Dr Liz Petersen, University of Western Australia; Mr Nguyen Thanh Duong, Ministry of Planning and Investment, Vietnam (MPI)
Co-authors: Mr Luu Ngoc Luong, MPI; Mr Uong Dinh Hoang, MPI; Mrs Vu Hoang Yen, MPI; Dr David Vanzetti, Australian National University (ANU); Dr Tran Cong Thang, Institute of Policy and Strategy for Agriculture and Rural Development, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Vietnam (IPSARD); Dr Ray Trewin, ANU; Ms Nguyen Le Hoa, IPSARD
Vietnam has made significant strides in the past thirty years to provide food security at a national level, but pockets of deprivation remain. Malnutrition and food safety are still significant problems. After years of development, Vietnam’s food security related policies have exposed weaknesses. There is significant overlap and undue complexity across policies. While well-intentioned, a number of policies are more of a hindrance than a help at achieving food security.
Prepared by: Dr Stephen Loss, Project Leader, International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), Syria
Co-authors: Dr Colin Piggin, Previous Project Leader and Consultant, ACIAR; Mr Atef Haddad Agronomist, ICARDA; Dr Abdul Sattar Alrijabo, University of Mosul; Dr Muhajid Al Kubaisy, State Board for Agricultural Research, Baghdad; Prof Kadambot Siddique, The University of Western Australia; Dr Matthew Denton, The University of Adelaide
Between 2005 and 2014 ACIAR and AusAID supported a project with the overall goal of improving the productivity and sustainability of crop production in the drylands of northern Iraq, funded in three phases. The third phase of the project discussed in this report was designed to build upon two previous phases, to specifically develop and promote conservation agriculture (CA) in Iraq.
Prepared by: John Spriggs and Barbara Chambers. Co-authors: Sandra Heaney-Mustafa and Robert Fitzgerald
The project used the methodology of participatory action research (PAR), building on a particular approach developed by the two co-chief investigators (see Spriggs and Chambers, 2011). This approach began with an extensive information gathering stage involving a variety of methods (baseline survey, capacity inventory, focus groups and case study). At this stage, initial meetings were held with all the commodity-based projects (CBPs) of ASLP2 to learn of their activities and to build relationships.
Prepared by: Harry Nesbitt, Australian Program Coordinator, and Luc Spyckerelle, Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor, Seeds of Life – Timor-Leste program, University of Western Australia
Co-authors: Seeds of Life 3 team members; Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Timor-Leste; Centre for Plant Genetics and Breeding, University of Western Australia
The objective of the Seeds of Life 3 (SoL3) program was to improve food security through increased productivity of major foodcrops. The foodcrops SoL3 targeted were in first instance the staple foodcrops of the Timorese menu, i.e. maize, rice, peanut, cassava and sweet potato. The program also expanded into research on legumes (e.g. kidney beans, mung beans and winged beans) and temperate crops (e.g. wheat, barley, potatoes).