THE CRAWFORD FUND E-Newsletter, March 2016
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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.

We are pleased to announce the dates and focus for our 2016 annual conference.

Prof. Louise FrescoTitled ‘Waste Not, Want Not: The Circular Economy to Food Security’, our 2016 conference will be held in Canberra on 29 and 30 August. Our 2016 focus on food loss and waste will take on issues along the supply chain—in production, in getting product to market, and in the management and reuse of waste.

We are also delighted to announce that Professor Louise Fresco, President of the Executive Board of Wageningen UR (pictured), will be giving the Sir John Crawford Memorial Address this year. Louise will be presenting on the topic of ‘Food and Nutrition Safety and Security’.

To learn more about the conference, visit our website. We will advise when registration opens so readers can get in early.
Crawford Fund Conference and Scholars Day scholarships are now available!

2015 ScholarsWe are once again offering scholarships for young Australian agricultural students and scientists to attend an informative program of activities with our 2016 Annual Conference: ‘Waste Not, Want Not: The Circular Economy to Food Security’, to be held in Canberra on 29-30 August.

The scholarship will include transport, accommodation and registration costs to the conference and two half days of activities on 29 and 31 August. The awards will be made through the Crawford Fund’s State and Territory programs and more information on the application process is here.

We are also hoping individuals and sponsors from the public and private sectors will want to join us in our efforts to encourage young people in agriculture for development by supporting the program. To learn more about the scholarship program and how you can support more young people in their knowledge, study, careers and volunteering around food security, visit our website or contact
Vale Ian MacKinnonThe Crawford Fund family is saddened to report the passing of our board member and inaugural Tasmanian chairman, Mr Ian McLean MacKinnon AM, on March 11, 2016.

At its meeting on 17 March, the Crawford Fund Board formally recorded its condolences to Mrs Di MacKinnon and family, and observed a minute’s silence in memory of Ian and his contribution to the Fund, and more broadly, to the Australian industry. To read more about Ian's contributions to international agriculture, visit our website.
Two videos showcasing agricultural development in Vietnam were released for 2016’s International Women’s Day. The first focused on a female Vietnamese scientist who has worked with tremendous focus in the male dominated discipline of forest science. She has achieved professional and personal success, as well as national impact.
Vegetable Story
The second describes an innovative project in Vietnam that is helping women and their families, from minority groups in impoverished North West Vietnam, through the improved production and marketing of indigenous and everyday vegetables.

The films were produced by award winning documentary maker Sally Ingleton (360 Degree Films), and supported by the Crawford Fund, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) and Global Food Studies at the University of Adelaide.
You can view them on the Fund’s YouTube site and read more about the videos here.
Lester in LaosWe have continued with our reports from the field in Laos, associated with our Capacity Building Program in Trade, Crop Health, Biosecurity and Food Safety. This month, we have heard from Professor Lester Burgess himself and Ian Smith, a volunteer entomologist.

Lester reported on samples of a devastating ‘virus’ disease of watermelons in Savannakhet Province, which were sent to Brisbane for precise identification of the virus or viruses involved. For Lester's report, click here. To view images of the work underway in Laos, visit our Instagram site.
Ian reports on training local staff in entomology skills important to agriculture and trade, including insect monitoring, identification and sampling. For more on this story, click here.
From Canberra to Solomon Islands

You never know where networking will take you. Some of the Western Sydney University students who attended our Crawford Fund annual conference and scholar day in 2014 have blogged about where their conference experience took them.Solomon Islands

At our conference, the Bachelor of Natural Science (Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security) students met and interviewed Dr Dan Etherington, founder of Kokonut Pacific Solomon Islands (KPSI), and later discussed work opportunities with KPSI. They ended up spending time in the Solomon Islands to see KPSI coconut oil technology in action.
Tasmania Young Crawford & John Dillon Fellow Update

John Dillon FellowsThe usually Hobart-based Tasmania Young Crawford Group have now spread north! The Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture in Launceston was the venue for the first meeting of the Tasmanian Young Crawford Group for 2016. Attendees also included six John Dillon Fellows from Myanmar, Vietnam and Pakistan (pictured).

ACIAR’s John Dillon Memorial Fellowships serve the memory of John Dillon who was a staunch supporter of international agricultural research. The fellowships provide career development opportunities for outstanding young agricultural scientists or economists from ACIAR partner countries.

The Fund assisted with activities for the 2016 Fellows visits to Tasmania and the Northern Territory. To learn more about their Australian visit, click here.
Queensland & Western Australian 2016 Research Funding Awards

In addition to the Conference Scholarships being supported by our Qld and WA Committees, they are also offering Honours Research Scholarships and Postgraduate Student Awards to facilitate active student participation in agricultural development projects and to enable valuable experience overseas.

Visit the State pages for more on the Qld and WA calls for applications.
Master Class on Research Leadership

The Crawford Fund is calling for applicants to participate in its first five-day Master Class in Agricultural Research Leadership, to be held at the WorldFish Centre in Penang, Malaysia, on May 24-28, 2016.
The new Master Class draws on past training, latest thinking and best practice, from both the public and private sectors. It will be about how individuals can navigate the path from scientific and technical expertise roles, to new positions requiring the leadership skills necessary to lead people, projects and program teams, and ultimately research institutes.

You can read more about the new Crawford Fund Master Class here.
Student Ambassadors
ACT Students
The Student Ambassador Program, for which the Crawford Fund was a key sponsor, supported 24 students to attend the 9th International Society for Root Research (ISRR) International Symposium in Canberra. The theme of the symposium was 'belowground solutions to global challenges' and the students supported to attend were all working on root-related research, globally.

Prior to the meeting, the students created their own web page, used social media to promote the symposium, ran a ‘Crazy Root’ competition to stimulate interest and wrote a guide for students to get the most from international meetings. To learn more about their efforts, read more here.
Durian Disease Management

Durian fruit cropping has recently expanded in the Samlout District of North West Cambodia, but dieback in mature durian trees is problematic.

A recent Crawford Fund supported workshop on disease management of durian was designed to help local extension workers and farmers with a wide variety of durian management skills. It included training in recognising symptoms, diagnosing pathogens and treating infected trees. To learn more about this training, visit our website.

2016 Crawford Fund Training Award

Try's visitA four-week training visit throughout New South Wales was recently completed by Dr Yorn Try (pictured), Vice Rector of Meanchey University in North West Cambodia. During his visit, Dr Try was exposed to leading field research to enhance his practical knowledge of agricultural skills in areas of direct importance to producers in Cambodia.

Click here to read more about his Australian visit.
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