THE CRAWFORD FUND E-Newsletter, November 2015
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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.

Sir John CrawfordThis year marks the 40th anniversary of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). Given Sir John Crawford's significant contributions to the institute, the Crawford Fund’s chief executive, Dr Denis Blight, has recently prepared a blog on the role of Sir John with IFPRI and the broader research network.

Denis is also attending the 40th celebrations in Washington, with current Australian Board Chair, Dr Kym Anderson, and CEO of ACIAR, Dr Nick Austin, in the program. We will be tweeting as they get underway on 18 November.

To read more about Sir John Crawford, click here.
Fifteen Biosecurity Champions arrived in Australia last month for six weeks of research and training, as part of the Australia-Africa Plant Biosecurity Partnership. The champions will participate in individual placements with leading Australian biosecurity researchers and managers.

Qld Fruit FlyAn example of the biosecurity training underway includes a group spending three weeks working with Australian researchers to combat the invasive fruit fly in Burundi, Mozambique and Tanzania.

The full group will also attend a Crawford Fund Master Class in Communication next week in Perth, which will assist them plan their strategy to communicate and advocate for necessary developments in biosecurity on their return.

To follow their progress, keep an eye on our home page for updates.
The partnership is funded by ACIAR and lead by the Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre, with Australian partners including the Fund.
As part of the Crawford Fund’s public awareness program, Cathy Reade, the Fund’s director of public affairs and communications, and Sally Ingleton, an award winning documentary maker, have recently visited Vietnam to collect footage on projects and training supported by ACIAR, Global Food Studies at the University of Adelaide, and the Crawford Fund.

The three resulting videos will cover:
  • Vietnamese marketproduction and marketing of vegetables to improve incomes of women, including those from ethnic minority groups, in the North West Vietnam region
  • the work of Dr Nghiem Quyen Chi, a young female forestry scientist conducting cutting-edge science in the traditionally male dominated discipline of tree breeding
  • impact of the Crawford Fund’s Master Class in Agribusiness upon the careers of two young agribusiness professionals.
“It was an absolute privilege to see the work underway with women in North West Vietnam, and to meet the many women farmers involved and the people working on the project, including Suzie Newman from the University of Adelaide,” said Cathy.

Some of the videos are being planned for International Women’s Day in March next year.
Dr Meryl Williams FTSE was awarded the 2015 Crawford Fund Medal at our Annual Conference earlier this year. Meryl has worked for nearly 40 years in Australian and international fisheries, aquaculture, aquatic resource conservation and agricultural research and development.

Meryl's TributeCurrently, she is focusing on research and advocacy on women and gender in aquaculture and fisheries, and information and science for fair and responsible fish production for food security and nutrition.

By way of a tribute to Meryl’s ongoing passion and commitment to improving global food security, and her significant contribution to international agricultural research, a presentation has been produced and is now available on our YouTube site. You can also read more about Meryl's achievements here.
The Derek Tribe Award was initiated in 2001, 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 still open. For more details on the terms and conditions, please visit our website. The closing date for nominations has been extended to 29 February 2016.
Recent and upcoming Crawford Fund training programs include the following:
  • CocoveneerCocoveneer Training—Australian researchers have recently hosted two young scientists from the South Pacific Islands for training in the development of sustainable coconut wood products. On their return to Fiji, Ilikimi Carati-Bokadi and Moana Bergmaier-Masau (pictured) will train others in the production of these valuable products, to enhance the livelihoods of people in South Pacific communities.
  • Crop Genetic Resources MC—The Crawford Fund and Australian and international partners are currently supporting Genebank Operations and Advanced Learning (GOAL) in New Delhi. The Master Class will help the 21 participants, from up to 15 national genebanks in the Asia Pacific region, to improve information management, quality control and standard operating procedures, in support of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA).
Please note that the telephone number for the Crawford Fund office has recently been changed. The new number is: (02) 6273 6295.

For all current contact information, please visit the Contact Details page on our website.

And remember, donations to the Fund are tax deductible. Click here to donate online.
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