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…
By Joe Vile and Sam Coggins Did you know that Australian science and knowledge contributes to the diets of 400 million people worldwide? We couldn’t help but agree when John Anderson spoke and Andrew Campbell wrote in support of our agricultural aid work. Here we add the voices of young Australians that have seen the benefits — both to smallholder farmers overseas and to Australians. This financial year, Australia will spend ~0.08% of its federal budget on aid connected to agriculture, fisheries and forestry. It doesn’t sound like much but this little bit of vegemite goes a long way. Australia’s…
Monday, 17 December 2018 12:11

Opportunities to dabble in agriculture for international development

Written by Sam Coggins
Are you an agriculture enthusiast from Australia keen to work with farmers in developing countries? Here is a list of funded opportunities for you to have a go at it. This list is NOT comprehensive and will inevitably become outdated. Please reach out to Sam Coggins (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if we’ve missed a golden opportunity OR if any links lose relevance.  Joseph Sul and Simon Quigley working together for the benefit of beef producers in Vanuatu. Short overseas experiences (~3-6 weeks) ACIAR Farmers Without Borders (anybody). Australian farmers working in overseas research projects with farmers, producer groups, rural businesses and ACIAR partner…
Friday, 07 December 2018 15:52

Making Opportunities

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By Jason Condon In the absence of a fantastically clear career plan (which very few people actually have), what you do for a living and where you work can be the result of taking opportunities as they come, shaping your future one step at a time. However, we all have the chance to make opportunities rather than wait for luck to occur and making your opportunities puts you in the driver’s seat of your career. So how do you turn an interest in international agricultural research into a career?  Let’s outline a pathway to international agricultural research, we will start…
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