THE CRAWFORD FUND E-Newsletter, June 2017
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The Crawford Fund is a not-for-profit organisation that conducts activities to raise awareness of the benefits to Australia and developing countries from international agricultural research. It commissions studies on research policy and practice, and arranges specialist training activities for developing country agricultural scientists.

The Crawford Fund appoints new CEO
The Board of Directors of the Crawford Fund are pleased to announce that Dr Colin Chartres has been appointed to succeed Dr Denis Blight as Chief Executive Officer. Dr Chartres is currently Director of Training and Master Classes at the Fund.

Colin has had a long and successful career in the private sector, academia and government roles. Before joining the Fund in 2014 he was Director General of one of the CGIAR Centres, the International Water Management Institute. Previously, he was Chief Science Adviser to the National Water Commission in Australia. Read more.
Farewell and sincere thanks to Dr Denis Blight
By the time our next newsletter comes out, Dr Denis Blight AO FRSA, the Fund’s Chief Executive, will have retired from the position. We wish to record our sincere thanks to him for his dedication of nearly ten years of service at the Fund and wish him well following his retirement next month.
Introducing our new Director of Training and Master Classes
We are pleased to announce Colin’s replacement in the important role as our Director of Training and Master Classes, Professor Shaun Coffey. Shaun has had a connection with the Fund for some time, having developed and managed with Colin our first Master Class in Research Management and Leadership. 

An agricultural scientist by training, Shaun has wide experience in international research and commercialisation. Read more.
We need a comms assistant
We are seeking a new communications assistant for Cathy Reade, our Director of Public Affairs and Communication. This is an exciting and challenging position that will provide the right person with a wealth of experience to help us encourage Australia to ‘do well by doing good.’ More details on this position in our Canberra office is available here.
In our annual report and review, we illustrate some of the work of the Fund in enhancing public awareness of the benefits to the developing countries and to Australia of investment in international agricultural research, by building research capacity in the developing world and encouraging young Australians to become involved.

Our chairman, The Hon John Anderson AO points out in his letter with the annual report that the heavy lifting in the broader task of global food security is through research partnerships borne by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), recognised as delivering best practice in agricultural research partnerships. Read the Annual Report.

You can now register for the Crawford Fund’s annual conference. Titled ‘Transforming Lives and Livelihoods: The Digital Revolution in Agriculture’, our 2017 annual conference is to be held in Canberra on 7 and 8 August and will focus on the current and future likely impact of the data revolution for smallholder farmers.

Big data represents an unprecedented opportunity to find new ways of reducing hunger and poverty by applying data-driven solutions to ongoing research for development impact.

Further information on this year’s conference can be found on the conference website:  
We’ve had another update from Leigh Vial on our Laos Seeder project, since he reported in April on his visit for the rollout of the machinery.

At the end of May, staff members from the Provincial Agriculture and Forestry Office in Savannakhet visited the recipients of the seeders. They also applied the name stickers of the donor to each seeder; supplied the farmers with a spanner set, grease gun and lifting chain that accompany the seeder; inspected the fields that have been seeded so far and discussed successes and problems with the farmers. Read more.
RAIDWe continue working with RAID—the tremendous network of young agricultural researchers and students—to provide networking opportunities for young Australians to learn more about career, volunteering and study opportunities in international agricultural research.

The NSW branch recently held a networking event at The University of Sydney after the Research for Development Impact Student Forum on 15 June. The evening provided an opportunity for about 60 students and early-career researchers to connect and hear from RAID committee members. We look forward to strong RAID presence at our conference!

We provide RAID members and students with a special discount rate for the conference to encourage attendance – more details.
And RAID are providing this year’s conference with Keynote Listeners – intrigued? More info here.
We would like to highlight some upcoming events that have a food security focus. We welcome information about any food security related events you may have planned.
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