Career pathways to making a global difference – spotlight on Africa

Focusing on experiences in Africa, the Researchers in Agriculture for International Development (RAID) Network look forward to delivering the next instalment of their “Spotlight on Series” next week.

As part of the Crawford Fund’s Career Pathways initiative supported by ACIAR, this event will be an opportunity to hear from researchers, entrepreneurs and volunteers working in developing countries and their experiences and career journey to where they are now.

Jessica Fearnley

WHERE: Online
WHEN: 12-1pm AEDT
DATE: 25 May 2022

Our MC is Jessica Fearnley from RAID who received a Crawford Fund student award for her research in Cambodia and is now a Development Officer for Temperate Fruits at the NSW Department of Primary Industries. Our speakers include:

Robyn Alders AO – a member of the Crawford Fund’s NSW Committee, and Crawford Fund Medal recipient. Robyn is a senior consulting fellow with the Chatham House Global Health programme focusing on policy opportunities to support sustainable livestock strategy implementation and sustainable food and nutrition security through a One Health lens. Robyn is also an honorary professor with the Development Policy Centre within the Australian National University, an adjunct professor in the Department of Infectious Disease and Global Health, School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University, and chair of the Kyeema Foundation and Upper Lachlan Branch of the NSW Farmers’ Association. For more than 30 years, she has worked closely with family farmers in sub-Saharan Africa, South East Asia and Australia and as a veterinarian, researcher and colleague, with an emphasis on the development of sustainable infectious disease control in animals in rural areas in support of food and nutrition security and systems.

Larelle McMillan – Larelle’s roles in CSIRO Agriculture & Food include Group Lead for Food Systems & Global Change in the Sustainability program of research. She is a Research Impact Broker – building relationships and partnerships for research impact. Larelle has 18 years’ experience working in environmental and agricultural fields. In the past 10 years, Larelle’s research management and project leadership has been predominantly in international research for development: where she co-led a multi-partner, DFAT funded food security initiative across sub-saharan Africa. She has deep understanding of smallholder production systems, the role of markets, gender, power dynamics and institutional issues related to achieving food and nutritional security outcomes.

You will be able to quiz the speakers on their work, discuss career opportunities and advice and network.

Our speakers are all passionate about ag – at home and abroad. They all started out studying ag but ended up focused on ag in the developing world and particularly in Africa. They will explain how working in ag for development has amazing professional and personal impacts, with their broad range of pathways to rewarding and exciting careers.

This panel is for anyone with an interest in learning about agriculture beyond our borders, which benefits both Australia and our neighbours, and how to get there!

This event is part of a suite of activities in the Crawford Fund’s NextGen program to encourage more young Australians in their studies, careers, and volunteering in ag for development.

The Researchers in Agriculture for International Development (RAID) Network is an Australian-based network, bringing together early to mid-career researchers with an interest in agriculture and international development.