Friday, 20 February 2015 11:00

Do more fish equal better nutrition?

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Written By: Jessica Bogard ‘Mache bhate Bengali’ – ‘Fish and rice make a Bengali’. Situated on the deltas of three of the world’s largest river systems, it’s not surprising fish is part of daily life in Bangladesh. Small scale aquaculture farmers sell fish from their homestead pond at the local market. Villagers dry fish on coastal plains. At celebrations and gatherings, families enjoy the very tasty Hilsha fish, a dish which instils much national pride. Fish is inextricably linked to the livelihoods and culture of Bangladeshi people. However, despite significant progress in poverty alleviation over the last 3 decades, malnutrition…
Thursday, 12 February 2015 11:00

The African Chicken Project

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It was one of those “what if” moments, sitting in a hostel in London reading an advertisement for a research assistant on a village poultry project in Africa. At that stage my experience of Africa involved a couple of weeks backpacking in Morocco, and the number of chickens I’d treated could be counted on one hand. Maybe two. And yet the prospect of moving from a vet in clinical practice to one in international research for development was an attractive one. I had started my career in rural mixed practice, with days that might involve chocolate-eating Labradors, horses that had…
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 11:00

Tales of Taveuni, Fiji

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Tales of Taveuni, Fiji Your picture of Fiji …… idyllic sandy beaches, palm trees, blue, blue water…. and loads of tourists. Take out the last factor and throw in lots of pristine rainforest, unique endemic flora and fauna and some of the world’s best diving. And for those with an agricultural leaning, add deep volcanic soils and a rainfall measured in metres. That was my AVI placement –Taveuni, the garden island of Fiji, 1hrs flying NE of Suva for the rich few but for the majority of people, an 18 hour ferry ride. My wife Jo  and I (a point…
Thursday, 22 January 2015 11:00

Seeing Change

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As a young vet working in clinical practice, in my first 3 years out of uni, I’d already seen change. I’d been lucky enough to have employment in NZ, Australia and China, and been exposed to situations where vets and animal scientists can make meaningful contribution to both animal and human populations. However, with tendency to get bored quickly, I needed to find a way to accelerate my career and skillset so I had a better chance at other exciting and challenging opportunities. I enrolled in a post graduate course in Vet Public Health. The concept of public health also…
Thursday, 15 January 2015 11:00

Many moments in Myanmar…. Part 2

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About 3 months ago you saw a blog from me about moments in Myanmar and I guess this is the sequel… I’m going to be writing a blog about once a month over the next year on what I’m doing in Myanmar. Before I go any further I thought it might be a good time to introduce myself, which I neglected to do in my previous blog. My name is Jenny, I have now been working in Myanmar for just over a year. Before I moved to Myanmar I was working for the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)…