Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Speaking out on feminisation of agriculture in Nepal

Ms Sujata Tamang is a good example of a young female scientist making a significant contribution to her country’s forestry research through ACIAR. She works for Forest Action Nepal and is involved in ACIAR’s project Enhancing livelihoods and food security from agroforestry and community forestry in Nepal.

Ms Sujata Tamang presenting at the
3rd World Agroforestry Congress in New Dehli

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Seeds of Hope in Aceh

Ongoing ACIAR work in Aceh, Indonesia is helping farmers recover and improve livelihoods after the 2004 tsunami. Mirah Nuryati, ACIAR’s acting Country Manager Indonesia, recently visited the region and saw firsthand how an alliance between a women farmers group and project partners is setting an inspiring example to others...

It was a hot sunny day when I visited the beautiful village of Naga Umbang, in Aceh Besar District in Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam, the western-most province of Indonesia. It was in this province that more than 150,000 people lost their lives and many more lost their families and properties in the 2004 tsunami.

The tsunami has devastated this village. Tonnes of debris were dumped by the catastrophe and caused severe damage to the agricultural lands. The soil has become very saline and thus infertile to plant new crops, and much of it has been abandoned. The farmers have gone through very difficult times due to low agricultural productivity and unsuccessful harvests.

women in field
(image: P Jones)

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

A mysterious furry fruit in PNG

On a recent trip to Papua New Guinea (PNG), ACIAR’s Forestry research manager Mr Tony Bartlett came across a very unusual fruit in the forest... What is it, and what research is ACIAR supporting related to it? Read on to find out!

What is this strange furry fruit?!

balsa fruiting body
The mysterious furry fruit

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Understanding tomorrow’s farming needs today

Some half a billion farmers who assure local-level domestic food security and underpin agricultural exports are facing great changes in the next two decades. ACIAR’s Principal Adviser Dr John Dixon shares ideas on the drivers of rural change and how these alter farmers’ incentives to innovate. 

One of the challenges for farmers and researchers is understanding what the farms of tomorrow will look like, and using that viewpoint to guide investments on the farm, and in research.
Today’s investments will be vital for future farming