Friday, 06 October 2017 00:00

The threat of being a "generalist" in international R4D

Written by Thomas Williams
By Thomas Williams Over the past five years, I have been absolutely infatuated by the concept of having a long and illustrious career that focusses primarily on International R4D. Since being first exposed to a developing Ag project as an undergrad in 2012, I’ve been pursuing any opportunity that would ultimately leave me in a position where working in R4D is a reality.  To date my efforts involve developing a PhD project that focusses on R4D, becoming an active member of the RAID community, and engaging with as many people involved in R4D projects as possible. So far my plan…
Friday, 22 September 2017 00:00

Out of office: catching goats and sheep in Fiji!

Written by Romana Roschinsky
By Romana Roschinsky “Would you like to join fieldwork in Fiji in three weeks?” my colleague Fran Cowley asked me in May. Well sure! What a great opportunity to dive, into research for development for my new position as International Research and Training Program Leader for Livestock Systems at UNE. Palm trees, sand, the magnificent Pacific come to mind! But both of us being animal scientists, the focus was slightly different! Our focus is on small ruminants (sheep and goats for all non-animal scientists out there). Fran is working on animal nutrition and livestock systems and currently leading a team…
Friday, 08 September 2017 00:00

Island time; it's real, but it's probably not what you think.

Written by Thomas Williams
By Emma Hand Before leaving Australia to embark on my 12 month, Australian volunteer assignment to Samoa, I was excitedly telling everyone I met about my upcoming experience. My volunteering assignment is part of the Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) program, an Australian Government initiative. Who wouldn't be excited about 12 months in paradise? The first thing most people said was, "Where's that?" or "You mean Solomon Islands?" Once we had established that I was about to be living on a tropical island, the next comment was usually something along the lines of "Oh, you'll have to get used…
Friday, 25 August 2017 00:00

How do we capture what cannot be measured?

Written by David McGill (UoM)
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

Written by Madaline healey
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…
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