We have reason to celebrate and hope you will join us to do so at the Crawford Fund’s 2022 Annual Conference titled,  “Celebrating Agriculture for Development – Outcomes, Impacts and the Way Ahead,” to be held from 15-16 August in The Great Hall, Parliament House, Canberra.


Monday 15 August
6pm – 9pm
Sir John Crawford Memorial Address and Networking Dinner

Tuesday 16 August 
9am – 5pm
Parliamentary Conference


More details about the conference can be found here, including the event program.

The Crawford Fund, founded in 1987, is celebrating 35 years of outcomes and impacts in 2022. We can add in ACIAR’s 40th birthday this year for good measure! These milestones provide a wonderful opportunity for this year’s event not just to celebrate the benefits, impact and success of the past but to identify future challenges and consider the effects of emerging threats including climate change and emerging geo-political conditions on agricultural production, food chains and the environment in the quest for improving food and nutrition security.

More details of the conference are here and you can register here.

With the difficulties that COVID-19 has brought for many, we have once again maintained the same level of conference registration fees, with special discounts for students and concession card holders. And with the success of last year’s first hybrid event, we are also offering an online option.

We hope you can attend and join others from science, agriculture, politics, business, civil society and the NextGen to help focus our attention on the way forward.

We have again used our local and global networks to find thought-provoking expert speakers, and this year’s program includes the following high-profile international and Australian specialists on hand to celebrate the past and provide input on the future: 

  • Professor Andrew Campbell, CEO, ACIAR 
  • Dr Philip Pardey, world leading agricultural economist from the University of Minnesota
  • Dr Audrey Aumua, CEO, Fred Hollows Foundation NZ, and Member, ACIAR Policy Advisory Council
  • Dr Jean Balié, Regional Director, South East Asia and Pacific, CGIAR
  • Dr Jenny Gordon, Member of ACIAR’s Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Advisory Panel and the Asian Development Bank Institute’s Advisory Committee
  • Dr Ravi Khetarpal, Executive Secretary, Asia Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutes
  • Dr Anika Molesworth, CF NSW Committee, Author, NSW Young Achiever Award for Environment and Sustainability
  • Dr Alison Bentley, Australian Director of CIMMYT Wheat Program
  • Dr Robert Glasser, Australian Strategic Policy Institute, Climate and Security Policy Centre, ANU

We will be continuing our successful Conference Scholars Program, which started in 2010 and has received overwhelmingly positive feedback. The program this year not only offers 50 young researchers and scientists the opportunity to engage in the conference and the separate scholar activities, it also connects them with established mentors in their field. We hope many who attend the conference will donate to the program and volunteer as mentors when they are prompted in the registration process.
We look forward to seeing you at our 2022 conference to celebrate with us but also to focus on these significant issues to improve future directions to ensure food and nutrition security in an increasingly inter-connected world.