Friday, 01 December 2017 00:00

Exploring forage options with farmers in southern Laos

Written by J.Philp
By Joshua Philp (The University of Adelaide) In the centre of a dense patch of dry dead weeds, a single tussock of vibrant green grass stands tall under the merciless Laotian sun. None of us could say for sure how this solitary Panicum maximum (Guinea grass) plant found its way into a secluded area of Mr Deang’s farm, but its survival where other species had withered and died was clear demonstration of how perennial forage grasses could benefit farmers in the dry season. This is what Mr Deang has led us to see, and it is why he is interested…
Friday, 17 November 2017 00:00

Empowering rural women

Written by Anika
Last month was International Day of Rural Women – a day that pays tribute to the invaluable role that women play in their homes, local communities, income generation, and overall family wellbeing. Yet, around the world, rural women and girls suffer disproportionately when it comes to poverty and hunger. Often, they struggle to gain access to land, credit, agricultural inputs and markets. Structural barriers and discriminatory social norms continue to constrain women’s decision-making power, and prevent them from having the same political and social participation as their male counterparts. With tightening farm profit margins, the out-migration of men to towns…
Friday, 03 November 2017 00:00

Artificial additives: Artificial Intelligence in Agriculture

Written by Carl Menke
By Carl Menke The world is increasingly a digital space. Between 1995 and 2017, the number of people using the internet has grown from 16 million to 3.7 billion, of which 2 billion are from countries traditionally defined as ‘developing.’ The possibilities for creating and sharing data is incredible, and has real potential for improving project impacts and adoption, via i) larger audiences for agricultural extension, ii) Lower-cost outreach, iii) Accelerated data collection and interpretation.  The creation of all this data however still requires interpretation, which usually requires pain-staking hours of work.  The problem to date with using machines to…
Friday, 20 October 2017 00:00

10 minutes with Ann-Maree Nobelius

Written by Miriam McCormack
Ann-Maree discussing health service needs in remote southwest Uganda with local midwife of 50+ years Mrs Angela Nakagwa Nalongo, 1998 Dr Ann-Maree Nobelius has a background and PhD in public health with over a decade of experience in institutional change management which included managing and implementing gender and diversity mainstreaming at Monash University in Melbourne. One of the outcomes of this was the inclusion of gender competence in the medical curriculum. Ann-Maree has been the director of Gender and Diversity Consulting International since 2010 working to integrate gender and diversity into international research and development work with many organisations and…
Friday, 06 October 2017 00:00

The threat of being a "generalist" in international R4D

Written by Thomas Williams
By Thomas Williams Over the past five years, I have been absolutely infatuated by the concept of having a long and illustrious career that focusses primarily on International R4D. Since being first exposed to a developing Ag project as an undergrad in 2012, I’ve been pursuing any opportunity that would ultimately leave me in a position where working in R4D is a reality.  To date my efforts involve developing a PhD project that focusses on R4D, becoming an active member of the RAID community, and engaging with as many people involved in R4D projects as possible. So far my plan…
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