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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 &…
Monday, 18 February 2019 19:22

Winnings and Beginnings - RAID's Annual Blog Competition

Written by Candice
January sidled by (without hesitation) and it’s time we start sharing some of the blogs we’ve been holding on to… But first – what about our 2018 Blog Competition? All blogs posted during the calendar year are eligible to win one of our committee-endorsed prizes. My favourite prize? This year’s Best New Blogger will receive an “overseas travel kit” stocked with GastroStop and a portable espresso machine – you know, just the bare the essentials… We look for blogs which are engaging and interesting; take us on your journey but teach us something too. After much deliberation from the communications…
Friday, 21 December 2018 10:13

2018: RAID’s year-in-review

Written by Jack Hetherington
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…
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