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Friday, 12 January 2018 00:00

Motoring ahead in Myanmar

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By Romana Roschinsky Recently I was on my first field research trip to Myanmar. What I knew before about this fascinating country was little: Golden pagodas, an oppressive regime ruling for a long time, the struggle of Aung Sang Su Kyi, and the recent humanitarian crisis. I was excited to plunge into research on rural women’s empowerment for the ACIAR funded MyLife project. Image 1. Pagodas galore: On our way to do interviews in Tha Pyay Pin village we passed this beautiful complex. Buddhism plas an important role in the daily life of rural Myanmar (image: Romana Roschinsky) MyLife project,…
Saturday, 16 December 2017 00:00

Deck the halls with a blog or two

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2017 is coming to end with the “silly season” pretty much here! I am sure many of you are looking forward to enjoying some spare time to catch up on the blogs you missed out on in the year. Also, I am sure you are dying to hear who the winners of the blog competition are! Don’t worry, you have come to the right place. Not only will you find out who the winners are but you all also see some supplementary blogs to get you through the agonising time off in the coming weeks. RAID Competition RAID ran a…
Friday, 01 December 2017 00:00

Exploring forage options with farmers in southern Laos

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By Joshua Philp (The University of Adelaide) In the centre of a dense patch of dry dead weeds, a single tussock of vibrant green grass stands tall under the merciless Laotian sun. None of us could say for sure how this solitary Panicum maximum (Guinea grass) plant found its way into a secluded area of Mr Deang’s farm, but its survival where other species had withered and died was clear demonstration of how perennial forage grasses could benefit farmers in the dry season. This is what Mr Deang has led us to see, and it is why he is interested…
Friday, 17 November 2017 00:00

Empowering rural women

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Last month was International Day of Rural Women – a day that pays tribute to the invaluable role that women play in their homes, local communities, income generation, and overall family wellbeing. Yet, around the world, rural women and girls suffer disproportionately when it comes to poverty and hunger. Often, they struggle to gain access to land, credit, agricultural inputs and markets. Structural barriers and discriminatory social norms continue to constrain women’s decision-making power, and prevent them from having the same political and social participation as their male counterparts. With tightening farm profit margins, the out-migration of men to towns…
By Carl Menke The world is increasingly a digital space. Between 1995 and 2017, the number of people using the internet has grown from 16 million to 3.7 billion, of which 2 billion are from countries traditionally defined as ‘developing.’ The possibilities for creating and sharing data is incredible, and has real potential for improving project impacts and adoption, via i) larger audiences for agricultural extension, ii) Lower-cost outreach, iii) Accelerated data collection and interpretation.  The creation of all this data however still requires interpretation, which usually requires pain-staking hours of work.  The problem to date with using machines to…
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