In 2018, we launched our mentoring program in Vietnam, ably led by Dr Chris Beadle who will focus on silvicultural practices for growing and adding value to planted acacias and eucalypts, an important source of income for smallholder farmers.
Chris mentors smallholders and extension officers on the best silvicultural practices for timber and pulpwood production from planted acacias and eucalypts. He also liaises with young scientists in Vietnam’s Silvicultural Research Institute (his host institute) and other Institutes that together form Vietnam’s Academy of Forest Science (VAFS), providing support in the areas of project development, experimental design, the transfer of new knowledge to users, and the writing of scientific papers in English for publication in regional and international journals.
This work complements ACIAR projects that are designed to help growers of short rotation acacia and eucalypt plantations to improve their productivity, health and profitability.
Prior to taking on this dedicated Crawford Fund mentor role, Chris had a distinguished research career in forestry with CSIRO and is now an Honorary Fellow at CSIRO and an Honorary Research Associate at the University of Tasmania. He has had extensive experience contributing to aid projects in Indonesia and East Africa as well as in Vietnam.
Donations to this program will be used to extend the training of smallholders in best silvicultural practices through the establishment of demonstration plantations in the poorer parts of Vietnam, and of young scientists so that they can develop the English writing skills needed to establishment their credentials through publication in international journals and to compete for external funding offered by international agencies and NGOs.