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It’s hard to cross a road in the Philippines - let alone create high resolution soil maps. Yet Australian and Filipino researchers have found a way, distributing maps and techniques to agricultural professionals in the archipelago nation. The land suitability maps are helping rural people in the Philippines create sustainable livelihoods, grow nutritious food for their communities and prevent water pollution, flash flooding and landslides. For example, the Cabulig River gorge in the north of Mindanao Island were identified as a priority area for agroforestry following analysis of the maps with local villagers, farmers, hydropower companies, plantation companies as well…
Tuesday, 14 August 2018 11:08

Womanpower for Power women

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Romana Roschinsky - International Research and Training Program Leader - Livestock Systems, University of New England, Armidale Back in Myanmar! After my first trip in October 2017 I have returned to continue research activities on women’s empowerment for the ACIAR funded MyLife project. But that is not the only thing that is different this time: the rainy season has ended and the country is much dryer than last time. Most fields have just been harvested and farmers prepare them for the summer rice. The air is filled with dust and one can imagine, that soon the heat will be intense!…
Blog by – Elizabeth Worrall with contribution from Shaun Coffey and Lynn O’Brien Leadership; easy to say, harder to practice. “You do not lead by hitting people over the head -- that's assault, not leadership.” - Dwight Eisenhower As a PhD student I found it easy to get caught up in learning the technical skills but as I looked beyond my PhD, I realised that I lacked certain transferable skills. In science, leadership is often learnt on the fly and sadly, this is reflected in a lot of work environments. At a recent RAID-Crawford Leadership and Management Workshop, I discovered that…
Thursday, 28 June 2018 12:26

Asia-Bound: Safer pork in Vietnam

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Written by final year Veterianry Students (University of Melbourne); Samuel Duck and Madeleine Rowe (pictured) As final year Doctor of Veterinary Medicine students, you are afforded great opportunities to embed yourself in an array of exciting placements. As we met in the sticky evening heat of Hanoi, we could see a new and extraordinary experience lay before us. As fortunate recipients of an Asia-Bound grant led by Dr David McGill, we were hosted by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) for a two week placement in Northern Vietnam. Our visit coincided with the launch of the SAFEPork Project, a program…
Think of sardines and most people think of those that come tightly packed in a tin. But here in Timor-Leste, sardines come piled in the front of wooden canoes, their iridescent colours still bright. They come in black buckets balanced on bicycles, in bunches hanging from trees, in wreaths looped over motorbikes and in meticulously arranged rows on the side of the street. These are the small, nutritious and surprisingly pretty fish that have brought me to live in Timor-Leste to do research for my PhD. The iridescent colours of a sardine (Sardinella sp.) caught in Timor-Leste – this one…
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