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THE CRAWFORD FUND E-Newsletter, October 2016
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STORIES THIS MONTH
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.

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A WEEK TO FOCUS ON WORLD FOOD SECURITY
World FoodSome highly significant international food security events marked this October—the 30th anniversary of the World Food Prize, The Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium and World Food Day.

Drs Howarth (Howdy) Bouis, Maria Andrade, Robert Mwanga and Jan Low were awarded the 2016 World Food Prize for their work with biofortification. Their ground-breaking work has helped provide critical micronutrients in the diets of millions of rural poor in Africa, Asia and Latin America. We were able to highlight the important work of Dr Bouis during his visit to Australia prior to the event for the World Food Prize—often referred to as the ‘Nobel Prize for Food and Agriculture’.

The Borlaug Dialogue is an annual conference connected to the World Food Prize announcement, named in honour of Norman Borlaug who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for a lifetime of work to feed a hungry world. 'Let Food Be Thy Medicine' gathered international policy makers, farmers, representatives of agribusiness and NGO's, scientists and development experts to address those most critical issues facing global food security. Read more about the events on our website.
SHIFTS IN AGRICULTURE RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT
R&D TrendsEminent Australian agricultural economist, Professor Philip Pardey (pictured), has reported some alarming trends in where research and development in food and agriculture is being carried out.

In an analysis of more than 50 years of data, Philip and his colleagues argue that the governments of middle-income nations are investing more than high-income governments for the first time in modern history. In addition, those regions with high rates of population growth (e.g. sub-Saharan Africa and South East Asia) have the lowest per capita investment in agriculture R&D in the world.

This change in the geographical distribution of food and agricultural R&D risks shaping future global food production and affecting food security. You can read more on this issue on our website.
CONFERENCE SCHOLARS' REFLECTIONS
We were pleased to welcome nearly 50 new scholars to the Crawford Fund Conference this year, via our 2016 Conference Scholarship program. The impressive group of young Australians had an interest in the food loss and waste issue, as well as in food security more generally, and all took advantage of the Scholars Days and networking opportunities provided.
 
Louise Fresco
2016 CF Conference Scholars at 'Waste Not, Want Not: The Circular Economy to Food Security' Conference
 
As part of their scholarship, the conference scholars are required to write a short report on their impressions and reflections of the conference. These reports will be added to the website in time, so keep an eye out for our homepage feature and scholar web pages. To highlight the success of the program, we would like to share with you an excerpt from one of these reports.
 

Nur Bahar, pictured below (front row) with his fellow ACT conference scholars, is currently completing a PhD thesis in plant physiology at ANU...

ACT 2016 Scholars"It was fascinating to discover new facts and figures associated with food losses and ways to minimise losses which are highly context-dependent. There is no one size fits all solution, and for me this is the exciting part of working in agricultural research or industry. Everyone can contribute their expertise to the advancement of agricultural research or industry in many different ways. I will continue to polish my skills and find my niche in this field, echoing the recurring message of being ‘a jack-of-all-trade and a master of one’ I heard throughout the conference."

To join us in our efforts to encourage young people in their knowledge, study, careers and volunteering around food security, you can donate via our online donation facility. We have further information about our scholar program available here.
CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENTS
We were able to make three significant announcements as part of the 2016 annual conference program:

Welcome Crawford Fund Patrons
The Crawford Fund has appointed its first Patrons to the Fund: three outstanding recipients who have shown ongoing support for international agricultural research and developmentMr James Ingram (pictured left), The Hon Tim Fischer and The Hon Neil Andrew—former Chairs of the Crawford Fund Board. To learn more about these Patrons, visit our website.


RAID at the 2016 ConferenceRAID-CF Partnership
The Fund will now be working even more closely with RAID (Researchers in Agriculture for International Development) to engage and support early to mid-career researchers with an interest in international agriculture research. RAID will function as an independent Committee of the Fund.


2016 Journalism Awardee
The aim of our Journalism Award is to encourage and support working Australian journalists to investigate the important roles that agricultural research, training and development play in global food security. The winner of this year's award is Sean Murphy from ABC TV Landline. To learn more about his entry, and the entries of the other six applicants, visit our website
2015 DEREK TRIBE AWARDEE VISIT
Our latest Derek Tribe Awardee, Dr R. K. Malik, visited Australia last month. Dr Malik is a Senior Agronomist with CIMMYT's Sustainable Intensification Program based in India. During his visit he was presented with the Derek Tribe Award medal by Crawford Fund Board Member The Honourable Margaret Reid AO, and the Fund's Chief Executive Dr Denis Blight (pictured below).

DrDr Malik Malik's official Derek Tribe Award address, ‘Progress and Prospects of the Rice-Wheat Cropping System in the Indo-Gangetic Plains since the Green Revolution’, was presented to an international audience, including the ACIAR Policy Advisory Council and the Commission for International Agricultural Research. Other presentations were made at Charles Sturt University in Bathurst, NSW, and at the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation in Brisbane, Qld. To read more about Dr Malik's visit and to view his presentation, click here.
TRAINING UPDATES
Full Steam Ahead with Master Classes

We will soon be reporting on three Master Classes that will have been completed before our next newsletterone on Soil Productivity, now underway in Cambodia; another on Research Leadership and Management, soon to start in Malaysia; and a third on Genebank Management to commence in India later in November. Keep an eye on our website for updates.
Natural and Cultural Values in the PNG Logging Code

PNG BusinessThe Long-beaked Echidna is the largest of the monotremes and is currently threatened by hunting in Papua New Guinea. Mr Muse Opiang, a conservation biologist from the PNG Institute of Biological Research, has been studying this critically endangered species and the effects of forest management practices on the conservation of forest fauna and flora.

The Tasmanian Forest Practices Authority (FPA) hosted Muse as a Crawford Fund intern. During his stay, Muse developed technical guidelines highlighting PNG's natural and cultural values and ways to reduce land-use impacts. It is hoped these guidelines will be adopted by the Forest Authority in PNG, major logging companies, and local NGO's, community groups and landowners. You can learn more about Muse's work on our website.
Innovative Agri-waste Veneer Products

Agri-fibre VeneerAn innovative concept of using residual sorghum fibre to create composite panel products is currently being researched by the Queensland Government’s Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF). Training on developing products from this agri-fibre residue was held at the DAF Salisbury Research Centre. Research scientist Mr Tien Manh Ha, from the Vietnamese Academy of Forest Sciences, and teacher Mr Phouluang Chounlamounty, from the National University of Laos, attended the training.

Grain sorghum is grown in most regions of Queensland for feed grain. But once the crop is harvested, the leftover straw is either ploughed back into the soil, which is costly, or burnt, which is a significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. It is hoped training in creating products from this agri-fibre residue will increase resource use, minimise waste, increase processing and manufacturing efficiency, and improve market competitiveness. Read more here.
Cattle Nutrition, Husbandry and Biosecurity

Cattle HusbandryCattle production in Laos is mainly based on the smallholder system with little or no management inputs. Support for improving smallholder livestock production has enabled farmers in the northern provinces to improve their practices. But changes are limited because the field staff lack knowledge in cattle nutrition and management.

The Crawford Fund recently supported a cattle nutrition, husbandry and biosecurity training course in Lao PDR. The aim of the training was to provide knowledge on nutrition, management practices and animal health issues to regional extension officers and researchers. You can learn more about the training here.
EVENTS TO NOTE
We would like to highlight some upcoming events that have a food security focus.
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