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Friday, 17 June 2016 10:00

Many moments in Myanmar… Part 4

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My many moments in Myanmar continue this year. Although now they are a little less frequent, as at the end of last year I moved back to Australia after two years living and working in Myanmar. I’m now looking out to what is a rather wet and cold Melbourne day, where a month ago I was in a goat pen in the middle of Myanmar weighing goats and feeling a little hot… it was 46 degrees. Figure 1. Goats are weighed on a monthly basis to better understand current production and assess whether new aspects of husbandry management trialled by…
By Peter Wynn Working with youth A single meeting with a young school student in a village in Western Punjab remains indelibly imprinted in my mind. The young man’s knowledge of English was remarkable as was his understanding of lactation and animal health. After we had departed from his village, he ran the 2 kilometres to our guest house seeking a meeting with me. He requested that I assist him in gaining opportunities for a proper college education, which under his current circumstances coming from a poverty stricken family would have been impossible. His persistency over the ensuing 2 years…
Part 1: The complexities of buffalo production influenced who the project engaged with The beginning: It was with some trepidation that I accepted the invitation issued by Peter Doyle, Chief Dairy Officer with the Victorian Department of Agriculture, to join a scoping mission to Pakistan to explore options for a project to assist Pakistan’s 8 million small-holder dairy farmers. The project emanated from discussions between our then Prime minister, John Howard, and Pakistan President of the time, Musharraf. The party included experts in dairy production, agronomy, nutrition, trade, economics and education. With the attention to detail in providing water-tight protection,…
Friday, 27 May 2016 10:00

RAID Networking with Crawford Fund

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Last night we had a good turn out to a Victorian RAID event in Melbourne. Jenny Hanks and Anthony Leddin did a great job rallying up over 20 RAID members from different Universities and organisations to come along and enjoy in a good old mixer at a great wine bar in Lygon St. A special thanks to Ted Hayes (Crawford Fund) for coming along and giving all the attendees a pep talk about getting involved in International Development and agricultural research. Ted highlighted the upcoming Crawford conference and encouraged anyone interested to apply for the ‘Crawford Fund Young Scholar’ program…
Friday, 20 May 2016 10:00

10 minutes with Evan Christen

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By Evan Christen, Research Program Manager, Land and Water Resources, ACIAR HOW DID YOU GET INVOLVED IN AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT? I was born and grew up on a tea estate in Kenya, which gave me an early insight into some of the challenges facing farming communities in developing countries. When I was 7 years old, my family moved to Zambia, and shortly after, I went off to the UK to complete my secondary education. I then went on to study a diploma in agricultural engineering at agricultural college. While completing my Masters in soil and water engineering at…