Ms Jessica Fearnley

Facilitator, RAID Network, Crawford Fund, Australia Volunteer Program and Vietnam National University of Agriculture Project

Jessica Fearnley is Vice President of the Researchers in Agriculture for International Development (RAID) Network.  After completing a Bachelor of Rural Science, she received a Crawford Fund student award for her research in Cambodia, where she looked at adaptation of horticulture crops in different provinces. Jess now works as Development Officer for Temperate Fruits at the NSW Department of Primary Industries. Her work at NSW DPI is focused on research and extension working directly with industry and farmers to improve production sustainably in the apple and cherry industries. To complement her work, Jess is currently studying her PhD in carbon sequestration in perennial orchards to help horticultural growers mitigate and adapt to a changing climate. Jess is currently facilitating the Vietnam National Agricultural University collaboration with RAID which connects early to mid-career researchers in Australia and Vietnam to improve research and communication skills, and foster international working relationships.