Friday, 05 May 2017 00:00

BCFN YES! A great funding and development opportunity

Written by Gianna Bonis-Profumo
By Gianna Bonis-Profumo  Are you a young researcher focusing on food and sustainability issues? If so, be aware of the BCFN YES! research funding opportunity for the 2017 round! Not only can you win almost AU$30,000 for your research (20,000€), but also present your project to worldwide experts in Italy and attend the annual International Forum on Food and Nutrition in Milan. BCFN YES! is a research grant competition open to worldwide researchers under the age of 35 working on their PhD or Post-Doc, with topics aimed at building a more sustainable agri-food system, considering environmental, social, health and/or economic…
Thursday, 27 April 2017 00:00

The perils and blunders of working in agricultural development

Written by Madaline healey
  I recently came across the blog ‘Blood and Milk’ by Alanna Shaikh. Alanna writes on all things international development, sharing her experiences, stories, insights, hints and tips. There was one post in particular that caught my eye, “The five classic aid worker blunders”, which got me thinking, am I guilty of some of these too? Blunder 1: Thinking that you are the only one who has ever tried to do what you are doing. It is easy to get wrapped up in your work, especially when it is your passion. So, it can be very easy to forget that…
Thursday, 20 April 2017 00:00

Keeping tropical soils healthy and productive

Written by Jack Koci
  RAID president, Jack Koci, spends 10 minuts with soil scientist Paul Nelson Tell us a little bit about yourself? I’m a researcher/lecturer at James Cook Uni in Cairns, working on land and water-related things. I’ve been here for 12 years now and have to say that living in the tropics in Australia is as good as it gets. I grew up in the suburbs of Adelaide and did an agricultural science degree (1982-86) at the Waite Institute, majoring in agronomy and soil science. Because soil is the basis of everything! The Waite was a marvellous place to study, with…
Friday, 07 April 2017 00:00

Research, fieldwork and changing the world

Written by Bec Cotton
By Rebecca Cotton Who Me? When I left school, I was determined to follow in my father’s footsteps and started studying medicine. However, this wasn’t the life for me and, after a break from university, I enrolled in a Science degree at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC). One of my best ever decisions! Post-graduation I enrolled in an honours year, which brings me to where I am now. My Research Making information practically applicable is the role of 'extension'. However, transferring knowledge in an effective and efficient manner is highly dependent on cultural context. This is where my…
Thursday, 30 March 2017 00:00

Lasagne, chopsticks, and communication in international teams

Written by Skye Gabb
By Wes Ward. Wes is currently a Media Officer with Charles Sturt University, with experience working with multicultural teams in developing countries in SE Asia and the Pacific. During these times, he worked for the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, the University of the South Pacific and the South Pacific Regional Environment Programme. He graduated with his PhD from CSU in December 2016, and since then has been communicating the findings of his research. Imagine this. You are visiting another country for the first time, and you visit an Italian restaurant. Lasagne is on the menu, you remember your…
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