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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"..!

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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 &…
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

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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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