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By Arundhita Bhanjdeo My first trip to Bhubhui, Jharkhand, India was three years ago. The first thing I came across was one of the women self-help groups sitting in a circle for their weekly meeting. Some farmers were sharing their experiences of removing weeds from rice paddies, discussing how with a weeding machine they found it so easy compared to the arduous process of doing it by hand. I was working on an agricultural research project funded by ACIAR in collaboration with an NGO in the Eastern India Plateau. It was apparently an unusual sight for someone to enter a…
Saturday, 12 August 2017 00:00

A whip around the Crawford Conference

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After a huge (and successful) week at the Crawford Conference and hanging out with a bunch of incredible young scholars a few of the RAIDers sat down and put together their take home messages from the presenters. The conference was a brilliant fusion of experience, youth and inspirational ideas - hopefully we have managed to capture some of the enthusiasm and knowledge that was shared. Have a read and tell us what you think. Conference dinner speaker: Dr Lindiwe Majele Sibanda (Vice President for Country Support, Policy, and Delivery of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa) told us a…
Friday, 04 August 2017 00:00

Networking 101

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  With the upcoming Crawford Fund 2017 Annual Conference, it got us here at RAID thinking, what’s the key to effective networking at these sorts of event? So, we thought that we would revisit a past blog ‘Getting connected: the art of networking at conferences’ to help us manoeuvre our way around the conference.      Plan ahead and start that conversation The key takeaway points in ‘Getting connected: the art of networking at conferences’ are planning ahead and starting a conversation. So, before the conference read the delegate list and conference program. This way you can prepare and research who…
By Brendon Bangma Sitting here in a small air conditioned office in provincial Laos I have put aside some work on upcoming field surveys to write this short blog. Here, the work and lifestyle are quite different to back home in Sydney. These differences will not be that surprising to most readers. So, to offer my own perspective, I will share how I came to be here and three points of advice that have helped me on the way. I majored in anthropology and Asian studies at University. Spending time as an exchange student in Thailand focused these interests and…
Jenny Hanks has a chat with Myo Thura in rainy Yangon while we wait for the power to come back on… Tell us a little about yourself? I grew up in Ye, Mon State which is in the southern part of Myanmar, close to the border with Thailand. My grandparents and parents were farmers there and I had fun visiting their farm during school holidays where they grew lots of different fruit (durian, rambutan, mangosteen). This was the reason why I went to study a bachelor degree at Yezin Agriculture University from 1994-1999. After that I worked for the Ministry…