THE CRAWFORD FUND E-Newsletter, July 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.

You should have already received your invitation to the Crawford Fund's 2016 Annual Conference 'WASTE NOT, WANT NOT: The Circular Economy to Food Security'.

For more than 25 years, the Crawford Fund has successfully brought into focus an issue worthy of global and Australian attention in relation to food security. This year, our 2016 conference will be held in Canberra on 29 and 30 August and will focus on food loss and waste issues along the supply chain—in production, in getting product to market, and in the management and reuse of waste, with a special presentation on the role of supermarkets.

Conference Web PagesOur conference web pages are now live including the program and speaker biographies. Highlights of the conference this year include Professor Louise Fresco (Wageningen UR) presenting the Sir John Crawford Memorial Address, and keynote speakers Dr Karen Brooks (IFPRI) and Daniel Lagger (Nestlé).

You can go directly to the registration form here.
2016 Conference Scholarships

We are pleased to announce the awardees for our 2016 Crawford Fund Conference Scholarships. The response to our competitive scholarships has been tremendous this year and we have an impressive group of young Australians with an interest in the food loss and waste issue, as well as food security more generally.

We are supporting over 30 scholars who will attend the conference and our special Crawford Fund Scholars’ Days. In addition, each scholar will be matched with a mentor who will do their best to share their wisdom and link their scholar with interesting people in Canberra.

To learn more about this year’s awardees, click here.

Conference Scholars
The Crawford Fund Board and 2015 Scholars
More Scholars with your Support

With your support, more young Australians can benefit from our conference scholarships. Join us in our efforts to encourage young people in their knowledge, study, careers and volunteering around food security, by donating as you register for the conference, via our online donation facility, or you may want to support a particular young person. We have further information about our scholar program available
Our Sir John Crawford Memorial Address has been held annually since 1985—in honour of Sir John Crawford’s passionate support of international agricultural research.

Prof FrescoThis year’s address will be presented by Professor Louise Fresco (pictured), President of the Executive Board of Wageningen University and Research Centre, and member of the Steering Committee of the FAO High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition. Professor Fresco will be presenting insights on ‘The Future of Our Food’.

Last year’s Memorial Address ‘Facing the Uncomfortable Challenge of Food Security’ by Dr Cary Fowler is now online. There has been ongoing national coverage on the work of Dr Fowler and the Svalbard Arctic Seed Vault. Following the ABC TV ‘One Plus One’ interview that we organised during his conference visit, the Fund has assisted with national programs by both SBS and Australian 60 Minutes and we are having additional screenings of the captivating ‘Seeds of Time’ movie (more details are here).

For further details on the conference and our esteemed guest presenters, including Professor Fresco, please visit our conference web pages.
Lao rice farmerAs previously reported, the Crawford Fund has a long-term effort underway to help with plant biosecurity in Laos, with mentor Lester Burgess and a range of volunteers, and we are now assisting with an effort to help traditional rice farmers benefit from mechanisation.

The Fund is partnering with Dr Leigh Vial, a NSW farmer and formerly with the International Rice Research Institute. We are asking for your support to help us provide seeders to farmers in southern Laos. Click here to learn more.
MCWe are calling for applicants to participate in the Fund’s first five-day Master Class in Agricultural Research Leadership and Management, to be held at the WorldFish Centre, Penang, Malaysia (November 6-12, 2016).

The Master Class draws on past training, latest thinking and best practice, from both the public and private sectors, and provides state-of-the-art learnings delivered from hands-on perspectives by experienced and successful practitioners.

Access the program for the up-coming training for further information.
PNG Business Training for Women in Ag.

PNG BusinessThe Crawford Fund recently supported Dr Norah Omot of the National Agricultural Research Institute of PNG (NARI), and Dr Adele Feakes and Dr Wendy Lindsay (both of the University of Adelaide) to survey the PNG Women in Agriculture group for their entrepreneurial skills. One of the results found from the survey is that PNG women are highly entrepreneurial.

A training program has now been proposed for PNG Women in Agriculture, with emphasis on those areas in which they noted the lowest self-confidence. You can learn more about the survey and the proposed training here.
Training in Jackfruit

Jackfruit is a high value crop in the southern Philippines—growing tropical fruits such as jackfruit can allow smallholders to generate income. However the development of tropical fruit industries is limited because processing options of products for both domestic and export markets are only just emerging.

To support her work in an ACIAR tropical tree fruit project, we supported Dr Lorina Galvez from the Philippines (pictured) to spend two weeks undertaking several trials on jackfruit with the Innovative Food Technologies group from the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (QDAF).

You can read more about this training, and watch for more news on tropical fruit training, on our website.
We would like to highlight some upcoming events that have a food security focus.
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