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By Emma Hand In August of 2018, I lead a group of seven students from Charles Sturt University (CSU) on a New Colombo Plan short-term Mobility Program tour of Papua New Guinean agriculture. This program is aimed at building relationships between Australian students and education institutions (such as universities), and, students and institutions in the Indo-Pacific countries. The idea behind this is to open a pathway for information flow between the countries and promote collaboration between the institutions; both of which contribute towards development. This program also opens the eyes of the Australian students to a whole world of possibilities…
By Marisa MitchellI’m a Research Officer on a one-year assignment with the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) as part of the Australian Volunteers Program. Image 1. Marisa at ILRI office with ILRI Regional Representative for East and Southeast Asia, Hung Nguyen-Viet. ILRI is one of the CGIAR research centres, working towards improving global food security, reducing poverty in developing countries by researching solutions for a more sustainable use of livestock. The focus of my volunteer assignment is to support research activities within the SafePork project, an ACIAR-supported project focusing on market-based solutions to improve food safety along the pork-value-chain in…
Thursday, 23 May 2019 09:23

UXOs are UCPs

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(Unexpected constraints to production), and other lessons from life in Lao PDR By Dr Jay Anderson I have been a field pathologist for... well, let‘s just say over 15 years. I have been fortunate to travel to some exotic locations for my work such as: New Zealand, Spain, China, the Philippines and North Queensland. I have seen some usual and not so usual constraints to production – cold, heat, gradient of land, inter-rows so waterlogged the tadpoles nearly have legs – but nothing prepared me for one of the major constraints to production in Lao PDR, the unexploded ordinances (UXOs…
By Jimmy Bidstrup Vietnam is a beautiful country, alive with culture, tradition and a vibrant society. Unfortunately this has not always been the case and during the 20th century this nation was ravaged by war, civil division and serious environmental degradation. However with a new century well and truly welcomed there is a bright future ahead and Vietnam is blooming as a powerhouse of South East Asia with a significant part of this thanks to their agricultural industry. As a second year university student at the University of Western Australia (UWA) I was among a group of 13 students given…
Tuesday, 12 March 2019 14:32

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

Written by Elya Richardson
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 &…
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