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RAID were in attendance at the 2018 Crawford Fund conference ‘Reshaping agriculture for better nutrition – The Agriculture, Food, Nutrition, Health Nexus’, and over the coming week you will see a detailed conference report from RAID Keynote Listeners Madaline and Bec. But in the meantime, we thought, why not reflect on some of the key messages that really hit home for us. With the green revolution we have been able to produce more, feed more and achieve some food security - with agriculture we have been able to respond to challenges very effectively. But the message from all speakers is…
In last week’s blog on women’s empowerment, Romana reminded us not to leave men behind. If both women and men can embrace change and improvement, sustainable benefits can be achieved. She learnt this from NAG progam manager Dr Myo Ma Than. My first thought - What is NAG? (Yes, another acronym for the ever-expanding list). NAG stands for Network Activities Groups - a family of 400 individuals who facilitate collaborative, community-driven projects. They operate under four goals of livelihoods, governance, civil society and public service. One of their projects has helped established solid access roads and the Bae Mi villagers can now…
It’s hard to cross a road in the Philippines - let alone create high resolution soil maps. Yet Australian and Filipino researchers have found a way, distributing maps and techniques to agricultural professionals in the archipelago nation. The land suitability maps are helping rural people in the Philippines create sustainable livelihoods, grow nutritious food for their communities and prevent water pollution, flash flooding and landslides. For example, the Cabulig River gorge in the north of Mindanao Island were identified as a priority area for agroforestry following analysis of the maps with local villagers, farmers, hydropower companies, plantation companies as well…
Tuesday, 14 August 2018 11:08

Womanpower for Power women

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Romana Roschinsky - International Research and Training Program Leader - Livestock Systems, University of New England, Armidale Back in Myanmar! After my first trip in October 2017 I have returned to continue research activities on women’s empowerment for the ACIAR funded MyLife project. But that is not the only thing that is different this time: the rainy season has ended and the country is much dryer than last time. Most fields have just been harvested and farmers prepare them for the summer rice. The air is filled with dust and one can imagine, that soon the heat will be intense!…
Blog by – Elizabeth Worrall with contribution from Shaun Coffey and Lynn O’Brien Leadership; easy to say, harder to practice. “You do not lead by hitting people over the head -- that's assault, not leadership.” - Dwight Eisenhower As a PhD student I found it easy to get caught up in learning the technical skills but as I looked beyond my PhD, I realised that I lacked certain transferable skills. In science, leadership is often learnt on the fly and sadly, this is reflected in a lot of work environments. At a recent RAID-Crawford Leadership and Management Workshop, I discovered that…
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