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Friday, 02 November 2018 13:04

The light at the end of the field: guiding humans to become biological controls

Written by Lucinda Dunn
By Lucinda Dunn I’ve just come back from my first field season in Cambodia for my PhD fieldwork. My PhD is aimed at networking a way to sustainable integrated pest management (IPM) for rice in Northwest Cambodia. This will be achieved by developing an integrated understanding of the insect pest, predator and farm management networks that influence Cambodian rice production. So, I arrived in Siem Reap with my mind focused on the smaller things in life (insects), and I set out to explore what Cambodian rice fields had to offer. Driving from Siem Reap to Battambang is a sea of…
For those of you haven’t attended a speed-networking event or haven’t yet read Jack Koci’s blog, speed networking is speed dating for early to mid-career researchers and more experienced experts. Groups of early career researchers move from expert to expert to introduce themselves and discuss a range of important topics. The idea is to facilitate networking amongst a range of people from different disciplines and stages in their career, and give people a chance to chat with more experienced professionals. RAID held two of these events (TropAg2017 Brisbane and the USC Research Showcase 2017) and we decided to pick through…
Thursday, 18 October 2018 09:43

Our Actions are Our Future. Achieving #ZeroHunger by 2030 in Sri Lanka is possible

Written by Maree Bouterakos
By Maree Bouterakos World Food Day is celebrated every year around the world on October 16 and is an opportunity to reflect on the progress to achieve the goal of Zero Hunger. The day serves as an opportunity to raise awareness of the challenges that need to be overcome to create a world free from hunger and all forms of malnutrition. This year’s slogan is Our Actions are Our Future. A #ZeroHunger world by 2030 is possible. The outlook for meeting SDG 2 on Zero Hunger by 2030 at the global level is challenging, however, the prospects in Sri Lanka…
Friday, 12 October 2018 09:31

6 months as an ACIAR grad

Written by Bec Cotton
By Rebecca Cotton When thinking about a career in agriculture, most people envisage acres of cattle and miles of fencing. Having myself grown up in a farming community, that’s exactly what I thought. I am now a Graduate Research Officer at ACIAR, and have been for the past 6 months. Before you ask, although an impressive title, what does this role entail and where will it leave me and the end of my time here? Shall we start with the fundamentals? What is “research for development” and how does a young, university graduate make a career in it? Well I…
Wednesday, 03 October 2018 11:26

Public-private partnerships in rural development

Written by Michael Campbell
By Michael Campbell We have all heard about the public-private partnerships (PPP) when it comes to governments building infrastructure like toll roads, but does it have a place in the future of rural development?   How compatible are rural development and private companies? Often at times, the perception is that large multi-national companies are operating solely to make big profits to line the pockets of the rich investors.  But is this truly the case? I believe that for long-term sustainable rural development to occur, integration with private companies is essential.  The pool of Government funded aid and international research funds…
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