Friday, 03 February 2017 00:00

RAID without the R

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The experience of working in agricultural research for development taught me some valuable lessons that I’ve recently found myself applying to work in the Solomon Islands.  I have been a RAID member from the beginning with a strong interest in agriculture, development and the role of young researchers, but now I’m a RAIDer without the R, working in the straight development space. I recently started working with the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources in the plant biosecurity area.  And so far so good. Sure I have had to learn the lingo (biosecurity continuum is a favourite) and…
Friday, 27 January 2017 00:00

Get on-board with students in projects!

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By David McGill & Jenny Hanks Having students, whether they be undergrad/postgrad/local/international/short-term/long-term, engaged in your R4D project opens up great possibilities for innovation, engagement, stirring up  some passion and in many cases, a whole lot of fun! My first real experience working with students on a project occurred on the back of a random thought bubble I had driving around in Pakistan. I was having trouble collating and synthesising some basic training material and decided that a little bit of help from Australian based students would be a great way to work on multiple modules simultaneously. I took the idea…
At RAID we hear a lot of stories from people working in international agriculture. The challenges of frequent travel and working in developing countries, but also the highlights of having a meaningful career and creating impact. But what about the family members left at home to juggle life commitments while we’re busy travelling? We interviewed 4 family members and got some very honest feedback about what it’s like to live with someone working in international ag. #ModernDad: Part-time lawyer. Father of 3 children aged 5-9. Living in a regional town away from extended family. #YoungMum: Primary shool teacher. Mother of…
Tuesday, 10 January 2017 00:00

Tomorrow never dies

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By Omid Neishaboory Nejad Coming from a fast developing country with different levels of exposure to modern and complex urban lifestyle on one hand and old simple rural lifestyle on the other hand made my experience in Myanmar absolutely unexpected, heartwarming and inspiring. I was born and bred in Iran, a country full of natural resources, great minds, fascinating history, and plenty of things to be proud of. Growing up and being a vet in Iran gave me the chance to live and work with people with different backgrounds and perspectives and what I learnt from that was being “open”…
Tuesday, 20 December 2016 00:00

How to have an Aussie Christmas overseas!

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No matter where you are and how you celebrate, from the RAID team we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!   If you’re spending Christmas overseas this year, here are a few tips to help you celebrate the holiday season in “Australian” style! 1. Food If there’s one thing that’s truly Australian, it’s trying to cook a turkey and roast vegetables on a 40˚C day! If you’re anywhere in the tropics, skip this northern hemisphere tradition and go for seafood. Not only is sourcing a turkey near impossible, but local seafood is likely to be…