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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 This list is NOT comprehensive and will inevitably become outdated.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…
Friday, 07 December 2018 15:52

Making Opportunities

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By Jason Condon In the absence of a fantastically clear career plan (which very few people actually have), what you do for a living and where you work can be the result of taking opportunities as they come, shaping your future one step at a time. However, we all have the chance to make opportunities rather than wait for luck to occur and making your opportunities puts you in the driver’s seat of your career. So how do you turn an interest in international agricultural research into a career?  Let’s outline a pathway to international agricultural research, we will start…
International Volunteer Day, celebrated each year on December 5, was started by the United Nations (UN) in 1985 to acknowledge and celebrate the contributions of volunteers to international development. Each year, the UN sets a theme for the day, and in 2018, it’s "volunteers build resilient communities". As a shining example of the contributions volunteers can make to development, returned Australian volunteer Jenn Learmonth writes about her experience volunteering in Vanuatu. Jenn was on assignment as an Agriculture Extension Officer for the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, and here she reflects on the highs, lows and learning from her…
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