Thursday, 27 June 2013

IN THE FIELD - The power of pulses in Bangladesh

(in-country visits by ACIAR’s research managers)
In February, ACIAR’s Crop Improvement & Management program manager, Dr Eric Huttner, visited Bangladesh to check on progress of ACIAR projects in the region. Here he describes the research with pulses, which is aiming to improve people’s nutrition as well as provide benefits to the soil and livestock...
A young girl holds a basket of weeds with which to feed livestock

Friday, 21 June 2013

IN THE FIELD – Making the most out of water for women in the eastern IGP (Indo Gangetic Plains)

(in-country visits by ACIAR’s research managers)

This month ACIAR’s Land and Water Resources program manager, Dr Evan Christen, visited the eastern Indo Gangetic Plains (IGP) region in northern India to scope the scene for an upcoming research project. He says the region faces many challenges, but there is hope for improving the livelihoods of the local people, particularly woman, through better water management...

Indian women and girl sitting

Friday, 14 June 2013

IN THE FIELD - Chickens changing the lives of villagers in Tanzania

(in-country visits by ACIAR’s research managers)

In July last year ACIAR's Dr Wendy Henderson had the privilege to travel to Tanzania to witness firsthand the amazing impact of an ACIAR-funded vaccine against Newcastle Disease in chickens. 
ACIAR's Dr Wendy Henderson in Tanzania

Thursday, 13 June 2013

You say "Sweetpotato"...

ACIAR-funded research in Papua New Guinea (PNG) has led to the recent publication of a best-practice manual for growing healthy sweetpotatoes. Project leader Michael Hughes describes how the successes of Australian research have been passed on to improve the livelihoods of PNG farmers...
Project leader Mike Hughes with the upcoming generation of PNG farmers

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Aussie on Board: our work with International Agricultural Research Centres

Professor Lindsay Falvey, ILRI Board of Trustees
Congratulations to Prof Lindsay Falvey FTSE for his appointment this year on the Board of Trustees of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI).

The Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) encourages Australian scientists to use their skills for the benefit of partner countries while at the same time contributing to solutions for Australia’s own agricultural problems. Having Australian researchers participating in positions such as this goes a long way in helping to reach these goals.

Friday, 7 June 2013

IN THE FIELD – Mabe, baby: Commemorating World Oceans Day

(in-country visits by ACIAR’s research program managers)

In May this year, ACIAR’s Fisheries program manager, Dr Chris Barlow, visited Papua New Guinea (PNG) to check out the progress of several fisheries projects (the inlandaquaculture project in Goroka and a mariculture project at Nago Island, Kavieng). Highlights of the trip included 'finding Nemo' and seeing some of the amazing work coming out of a pearl-development project...

(Image courtesy of Zelko Slamaj)

Australia Awards: Ensuring there are plenty more fish in the sea

Commemorating World Oceans Day tomorrow (8 June), we relay the story of an Australia Awards recipient and the work she has done to help alleviate pressure on global fish stocks.

Dr Lilis Sadiyah is an Australia Awards graduate working at the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries of Republic Indonesia (MMAF-RI). She completed her PhD in 2011 at The University of Tasmania through the John Allwright Fellowship (JAF) program, which is administered by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) as part of the Australia Awards.

Australia Awards graduate Dr Lilis Sadiyah undertaking project work

Thursday, 6 June 2013

Indonesian students meet the Australian Prime Minister

This post is extracted from a story by Deti Inayatun, student in the 2013 Indonesia—Australia Pastoral Industry Student Program

A group of Indonesian students are currently participating in a 10-week learning schedule in the north Australian cattle industry where they are studying animal husbandry. The program covers intensive pastoral industry training including animal welfare and handling and experiential learning through placements at selected corporate and family-run cattle stations across northern Australia.

ACIAR staff Rodd Dyer and Rebecca McBride with Deti Inayutun at Parliament House