Sir John Crawford Memorial Address 2015


Profitability, sustainability and risk

10-12 August 2015


Program & Presentations
Sir John Crawford Memorial Address
Conference Scholars


The Sir John Crawford Memorial Address has been held since 1985, in honour of the distinguished Australian civil servant, educator and agriculturalist in whose name the Crawford Fund was established.

Dr Cary Fowler
Dr Cary Fowler

The 2015 Sir John Crawford Memorial Address, was presented by Dr Cary Fowler, crop diversity advocate who has overseen the development of the Svalbard Global ‘doomsday’ Seed Vault. Dr Fowler was introduced by The Hon Tim Fischer AC, former Deputy PM and chair of the Crawford Fund and current vice chair of the executive board of the Global Crop Diversity Trust. You can read Dr Cary Fowler’s Sir John Crawford Memorial Lecture here: Facing the uncomfortable challenge of food security.

Past addresses and presenters are listed below, with links where available:

2014 Effective, Efficient, Ethical Solution to Feeding 9 Billion: Invest in Women
Professor Catherine Bertini, Senior Fellow, Global Agricultural Development Initiative, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs; Professor, Public Administration and International Affairs, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University; former Executive Director, United Nations World Food Programme (1992-2002)

2013 Sir John Crawford Memorial Address
Dr. Florence Chenoweth, Minister of Agriculture – Liberia

2012 Agriculture; the challenges of the 21st century
Professor Sir John Beddington CMG FRS, UK Government Chief Scientific Adviser

2011 Food security in the Asian century
The Hon. Dr Craig Emerson MP, Minister for Trade

2010 Plant diversity at a turning point
Professor Stephen D Hopper FLS, Director, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

2009 Sir John Crawford Memorial Address
The Hon Bob McMullan, Parliamentary Secretary, International Development Assistance, Member for Fraser

2007 The great use-it-or-lose-it intelligence test
Dr. William H. Calvin, Affiliate Professor of Psychiatry and Behaviour Sciences, University of Washington, School of Medicine, Seattle

2006 Food for all: a challenge for the 21st century
The Hon Anne-Marie Lizin, President, Belgian Senate; Chair, Senate Foreign Relations and Defense Committee. October 2006.

2005 The dimension of science and technology for development: perspective from the Maghreb. Dr. (Ms.) Zohra ben Lakhdar, Professor of Physics, University of Tunis

2004 The mystery of capital: the role of property rights in creating wealth and alleviating poverty
Mr Hernando de Soto, President, Institute for Liberty and Democracy, Lima, Peru

2003 Fulfilling the promise: the role for agricultural research
The Hon Susan Whelan, Minister for International Cooperation, Canada

2002 Ecological sustainability and food security: challenges and opportunities
Dr. Mohamed T. El-Ashry, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, Global Environment Facility

2001 Feeding the world, sustaining the earth: the critical importance of population issues
Dr Nafis Sadik, Special Adviser, United Nations Secretary-General. October

2000 Genomics: from microbes to man
Mr. J. Craig Venter, President, Celera Genomics

1999 Reviving global poverty reduction: what role for genetically modified plants?
Dr. Michael Lipton, Research Professor, Economics, Poverty Research Unit, Sussex University, UK

1998 Harnessing science to solve global poverty and hunger
Professor Peter Doherty, Member, Department of Immunology (Michael F. Tamer Chair of Biomedical Research), St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee

1997 The challenge of development and poverty reduction in Africa
Mr. Omar Kabbaj, President, African Development Bank.

1996 The CGIAR at twenty-five: looking back and looking forward
Mr. Maurice F. Strong, Senior Advisor to President of the World Bank Group

1995 Global governance and new dimensions of human security
Sir Shridath Ramphal, Co-Chair of the Commission on Global Governance

1994 Agriculture and food needs to 2025: why we should be concerned
Dr. Alex F. McCalla, Chair, Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), CGIAR; Director, Agriculture and Natural Resources Department, World Bank

1993 Towards sustainable food security
Mr. James Gustave Speth, Administrator, United Nations Development Programme

1992 Agricultural development in Latin America and the role of research and technological change: an overview
Dr. Enrique Iglesias, President, Inter-American Development Bank

1991 The CGIAR at twenty: relevance reaffirmed, October 1991
A public symposium commemorating 20 years of the CGIAR. Speakers were Mr. Wilfiied P. Thalwitz, fifth chairman of the CGIAR and the World Banks Senior Vice President for Policy, Research and External Affairs: Mr. Robert W. Herdt, Director, Division for Agricultural Sciences, the Rockefeller Foundation; and Mr. E. Walter Coward Jr., Director, Rural Poverty and Resources Program, the Ford Foundation. Mr. Derek E. Tribe, Executive Director of Australia’s Crawford Fund for International Agricultural Research, presided.

1990 Changing nature of the food security challenge: implications for agricultural research and policy
Dr. M.S. Swaminathan, Chair, M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, Tamil Nadu, India

1989 The challenge of agricultural development in Africa
Dr. Jacques Diouf, Special Adviser, Central Bank for West African States, Dakar, Senegal

1988 Agricultural development, growth and equity, forty years of experience
Helen Hughes

1987 Food and freedom
Professor Amartya Sen, Lament University Professor, Harvard University

1986 Hope for African agriculture
Dr Bukar Shaib, Minister of Agriculture, Water Resources and Rural Development, Nigeria

1985 The challenges for sub-Saharan Africa
Robert S. McNamara, (former) President, World Bank (to 1981)