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THE CRAWFORD FUND E-Newsletter, September 2015
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STORIES THIS MONTH
The Crawford Fund is a not-for-profit foundation 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.

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'THE BUSINESS OF FOOD SECURITY' CONFERENCE
We’ve had highly positive feedback on the recent Crawford Fund annual conference, ‘The Business of Food Security: Profitability, Sustainability and Risk’, which was held in Canberra between 10 and 12 August 2015. The conference topics focussed on the importance of collaboration and partnership between the public and private sectors to achieve sustainable intensification and improved food security.

Dr Cary Fowler, presenting the Memorial Address at the Crawford Fund 2015 Annual ConferenceThe conference started with the 2015 Sir John Crawford Memorial Address, Facing the Uncomfortable Challenge of Food Security, which was presented by Dr Cary Fowler (pictured). The presentations are now available on our
website.

 
The Fund’s Chief Executive, Dr Denis Blight, has penned a conference summary, and the formal proceedings are now being prepared. National TV, print and radio coverage from the event is also listed on the website. A warm thank you to our speakers, sponsors and delegates for making this year’s conference such an outstanding success.
2015 CONFERENCE SCHOLARS
Each year, conference scholarships are offered to young Australian agricultural scientists with a keen interest in international agricultural development. This is part of the Crawford Fund’s efforts to encourage young people in their study and careers to contribute to international agricultural research and development. This year, we had 45 young agricultural scientists and students who were supported to attend the parliamentary conference and scholars’ day. Following on from their participation, each conference scholar provides a report and these are now being added to our website.

2015 Conference Scholars


We appreciate the support provided by the Gardiner Foundation, Elanco and the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, as well some conference delegates who made donations to the scholar funding. Thanks also to Bayer CropSciences who arranged for four of the participants from the Global Youth in Agriculture Summit to attend our event—these scholars reported on our conference to young agriculturalists from around the globe. For more information on how to support a scholar to attend next year’s conference, please contact Cathy Reade.
CRAWFORD FUND AWARDEES
Dr Meryl WilliamsTwo special Crawford Fund award winners were announced at this year’s conference dinner.

The Crawford Fund recognises those people who have made
a considerable and continued contribution to international agricultural research with the Crawford Fund Medal. This year, the medal recipient was Dr Meryl Williams PhD, FTSE (pictured with the Honourable Penelope Wensley AC). Meryl
has worked for nearly 40 years in Australian and international fisheries, aquaculture, aquatic resource conservation and agricultural research and development. Congratulations to Meryl—her full citation can be read on our website.

In collaboration with the Australian Council of Agricultural Journalists, our Food Security Journalism competition encourages Australian journalists to investigate the important roles that agricultural research, training and development play in global food security. The 2015 winner of the Food Security Journalism Award is Ms Sarina Locke. Sarina’s award winning entry was on the aftermath of Cyclone Pam, and considered the extensive damage to fruit and vegetable crops, livestock and fisheries in Vanuatu. Read her entry here.
NEW REPORT: MINING AND AGRICULTURE
Bread and StonesThe Crawford Fund has been working with Murdoch University on a research report following on from our 2013 conference ‘Mining, Agriculture & Development: Bread from Stones?’. The document considers the scope for leveraging significant mining activity in Africa (supported by foreign direct investment (FDI)) with the expansion of similar investment into agriculture to further fuel improved food security.
 
'Bread and Stones: Co-investing in Mining and Agriculture in Africa' was launched on 1 September at the Australia-Africa Research Forum (AARF), associated with the 'Africa Down Under' event in Perth. The report outlines the benefits and opportunities of co-investment in the agriculture and mining sectors by established extractive industry FDI and new money from agribusiness. We have also produced this shorter discussion paper as part of our 'Wider Canvas' series—we welcome feedback on both documents.
AUGUST HIGHLIGHTS
August Highlights
The special printed conference edition of our Highlights Newsletter is available online now. It reflects the theme of our recent Annual Parliamentary Conference—‘The Business of Food Security: Profitability, Sustainability and Risk'—and includes articles covering:
  • Achieving sustainable intensification to improve food security
  • The business side of plant breeding in meeting market demands
  • Crawford Fund public awareness initiatives
  • Up-coming training events
  • Experience of one of our Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID).
NOMINATE A HERO FOR THE DEREK TRIBE AWARD
The Derek Tribe Award was initiated in 2010, in honour of the outstanding contributions to the promotion of international agricultural research by the founding director of the Fund, Emeritus Professor Derek Tribe AO, OBE, FTSE.  The award is made biennially to a citizen of a developing country, in order to recognise their significant contributions to agriculture or natural resource management.

Nominations of developing country researchers for the 2015 Derek Tribe Award are now open. For more details on the terms and conditions, please visit our website. The closing date for nominations is 30 September 2015.
TRAINING UPDATES
Biosecurity ParticipantsRecent Crawford Fund training programs include the following:
  • Africa Plant Biosecurity—an initiative of the Australia-Africa Plant Biosecurity Partnership saw 45 biosecurity champions for African plant pest and disease protection (pictured) meet in Nairobi in August. The Fund provided communication and stakeholder engagement training.
  • Dairy Farming in West Java—28 dairy advisors attended a five-day workshop held in Lembang in May to help dairy industry development, with a focus on smallholder dairy farmers in West Java, Indonesia.
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