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Tuesday, 12 March 2019 14:32

Sometimes it's good to "stand out"..!

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In November 2018 I set off to Điện Biên Province in North-West Vietnam, my 5th trip to this area in 4 years. My PhD research is a qualitative study and I was on a mission to conduct the second round of fieldwork in Quài Nưa commune.                                                    Investigating the impact of a 2-hour school-based program (SBP) for raising awareness of cattle production and managing forage production (ACIAR project LPS/2008/049). This SBP was run in 2013 &…
January sidled by (without hesitation) and it’s time we start sharing some of the blogs we’ve been holding on to… But first – what about our 2018 Blog Competition? All blogs posted during the calendar year are eligible to win one of our committee-endorsed prizes. My favourite prize? This year’s Best New Blogger will receive an “overseas travel kit” stocked with GastroStop and a portable espresso machine – you know, just the bare the essentials… We look for blogs which are engaging and interesting; take us on your journey but teach us something too. After much deliberation from the communications…
Friday, 21 December 2018 10:13

2018: RAID’s year-in-review

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Where has the year gone! Last week it felt like February. But here we are with Christmas just days away and everyone is getting ready to enjoy a bit of time off before tackling whatever 2019 has to offer. #NewYearNewMe, right? But, before we get too far ahead of ourselves the RAID team thought it would be good to look back on the year that was 2018, recap some of our big-ticket items and look at a few exciting things that are coming the way of RAIDers. Networking event, RAID Leadership and Management Workshops, Brisbane, June 2018. So, what happened…
By Joe Vile and Sam Coggins Did you know that Australian science and knowledge contributes to the diets of 400 million people worldwide? We couldn’t help but agree when John Anderson spoke and Andrew Campbell wrote in support of our agricultural aid work. Here we add the voices of young Australians that have seen the benefits — both to smallholder farmers overseas and to Australians. This financial year, Australia will spend ~0.08% of its federal budget on aid connected to agriculture, fisheries and forestry. It doesn’t sound like much but this little bit of vegemite goes a long way. Australia’s…
Are you an agriculture enthusiast from Australia keen to work with farmers in developing countries? Here is a list of funded opportunities for you to have a go at it. This list is NOT comprehensive and will inevitably become outdated. Please reach out to Sam Coggins (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if we’ve missed a golden opportunity OR if any links lose relevance.  Joseph Sul and Simon Quigley working together for the benefit of beef producers in Vanuatu. Short overseas experiences (~3-6 weeks) ACIAR Farmers Without Borders (anybody). Australian farmers working in overseas research projects with farmers, producer groups, rural businesses and ACIAR partner…
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