Or maybe not. I was recently on a trip to Cambodia to set up the trials for my final year honours project: growing Mungbeans on residual soil moisture at the beginning of the dry season. My only experience with farming and farming systems is from what we do back home in Australia, so I was interested to learn about how things differ over here. During my first few days, I noticed that wherever I looked farmers were ploughing their fields, not an unusual sight I know, but they seemed to be doing it an awful lot. Once I really noticed…
Friday, 20 April 2018 00:00

Sneak peak; snippets from Pakistan

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  Ever wondered what it's like to conduct research in a developing country?  Here's a sneak peak!    Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation, Research Officer, Emma Hand, has been working on the Agriculture Value Chain Collaborative Research Dairy-Beef Project in Pakistan. This project aims to research the development of business and marketing skills of smallholder dairy farmers so that they can achieve a better market value for the…
Friday, 09 March 2018 00:00

Please, can I use something else to eat my lasagne?

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Wes Ward is currently a part-time Media Officer with Charles Sturt University (CSU), who has worked with multicultural teams in developing countries in SE Asia and the Pacific, and in Australia. During these times, he worked for the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), the University of the South Pacific, the South Pacific Regional Environment Programme, and most recently CSU. He graduated with a PhD in December 2016, and since then has been communicating the findings of his study. In my last article for RAID, titled Lasagne, chopsticks, and communication in international teams, I introduced the art of eating…
Friday, 09 February 2018 00:00

Rice is Life

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What do you think about when you think of South East Asia? You probably think bustling cities with crazy traffic and even crazier driving, with the smells of smoke, pollution and exotic foods mingling in the air. Or maybe you imagine something more peaceful like the endless rice paddies, made up of many farms, only separated by the rough dirt tracks and stilted bamboo shacks that many locals call home. There are iconic features that are widely recognisable throughout this rapidly growing part of the world, in countries such as Laos. These features, shared by these neighbouring countries, define not…
Friday, 12 January 2018 00:00

Motoring ahead in Myanmar

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By Romana Roschinsky Recently I was on my first field research trip to Myanmar. What I knew before about this fascinating country was little: Golden pagodas, an oppressive regime ruling for a long time, the struggle of Aung Sang Su Kyi, and the recent humanitarian crisis. I was excited to plunge into research on rural women’s empowerment for the ACIAR funded MyLife project. Image 1. Pagodas galore: On our way to do interviews in Tha Pyay Pin village we passed this beautiful complex. Buddhism plas an important role in the daily life of rural Myanmar (image: Romana Roschinsky) MyLife project,…
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