In the News

The Crawford Fund has so many fantastic ‘good news’ stories to tell about agricultural research and developments around food and nutrition security. In addition to our social media campaign and our ‘seeing is believing’ journalist visits that generate this news, our ‘traditional’ media campaign brings national attention to important developments and issues in agriculture for development and what they mean for Australia.

You can look back on media coverage we’d generated in 2021 here, and below are listed some links to more recent media items that were part of our campaign:

Seaweed researchers find bright future for underwater crop
ABC Rural – 27 Jan 2023


Investing in global agri-R&D also ‘benefits donor countries’
SciDevNet – 9 December 2022

Crawford Fund board members John Anderson and Joel Fitzgibbon lobby for international agriculture research
Farm Online – 2 December 2022

Benefits of investing more in foreign aid
National Commercial Rural News – 1 December 2022

Dr Jenny Hanks tells us about her work in overseas countries providing ag aid
ABC Radio Victorian Country Hour – 1 December 2022

Former MPs plea for more funds for farmers in developing countries
The Weekly Times – 30 November 2022

Investment in Agricultural Research a ‘No Brainer’
Radio Release (national pickup), 30 November 2022

International foreign aid investment needs to increase for agricultural development
The Wire (national community radio) – 30 November 2022

Investment in Agricultural Research a ‘No Brainer’
Radio Release – 30 November 2022

Former ministers call for more investment in ag aid
Grain Central, 29 November 2022

Earth observations to shore up food and water security
Radio 2GB – 11 November 2022

New ways to sustainably manage African water resources
The Wire – 9 November 2022

Australian security and climate change
ABC Radio National – 27 October 2022

Food security in the Pacific and Australia’s future food
ABC Radio National, Big Ideas – 19 October 2022

Food security in a precarious world
ABC Radio National, Future Tense – 25 September 2022

Earth observations to shore up food and water security
National Commercial Rural News
– 11 Nov 2022

Australian security and climate change
ABC Radio National – 27 October 2022

Food security in the Pacific and Australia’s future food
ABC Radio National
– 19 October 2022

Food security in a precarious world
ABC Radio National
– 25 September 2022

Growing global food security concerns are in the spotlight
North Queensland Register
– 26 August 2022

Growing global food security concerns are in the spotlight
The Land
– 26 August 2022

Agricultural research and development investment fall a cause for concern
Queensland Country Life
– 26 August 2022

Growing global food security concerns are in the spotlight
Rural Press
– 25 August 2022 

Tradition and science helping pacific blue-green economies
The Wire
– August 2022

Food production outlook dims with R+D decline
The Wire
– August 2022

R&D supercharging food production
The Wire
– August 2022

RN Country Breakfast
ABC Radio National – Dr Philip Pardey – 20 August 2022

R&D in agriculture and food declining, experts say
– 19 August 2022

South Australian Country Hour
ABC Rural Radio – Dr Philip Pardey (8.05- 13.38) – 16 August 2022

Radio Australia Wantok – Regina Bi Nukundj
ABC Pacific
– 15 August 2022

Professor Tim Reeves AM, a lifestime in Agriculture
ABC Victorian Country Hour – 14 June 2022

The seed savers
ABC Radio National – 28 February 2022


Working together critical on biosecurity says Anderson
Farm Online – 26 December 2021

Health and agriculture monoliths should share lessons on biosecurity
Grain Central – 17 December 2021

Managing stresses the key to better wheat varieties for all
The Land – 01 November 2021

Aussie drives global research that underpins Australian wheat industry
Grain Central – 13 October 2021

Millet and sorghum represent opportunities for farmers and consumers
Farm Online – 03 August 2021

Queensland Country Hour
ABC Country Hour (from 45m19s into program) – 30 July 2021

A forgotten grain, back in the spotlight
National Commercial Rural News – 30 July 2021

Seaweed quadruple fish immunity
Online SciMex – 28 April 2021

Ex-soldier takes new path towards seaweed science
USC Media Release – 21 April 2021

How farmers can reduce greenhouse gas while increasing yield
Farm Online – 30 March 2021

Aus farmers leading way in reducing emissions on farm: Crawford Fund
Beef Central – 23 March 2021

Crawford Fund in podcasts
FarmOnline – 12 March 2021


Scientists race to find wild, ancient bananas to save the popular fruit from climate change
ABC Rural, NT Country Hour – 26 November 2020

Pacific warned of food crisis
Radio New Zealand – 13 November 2020

Pandemic food crisis threatens Indo-Pacific region, new report warns
Farm Online and Australian Community Media Network – 11 November 2020

Study warns COVID-19 pandemic could spark food crisis in Indo-Pacific (@10m 44s)
ABC Radio Australia (Pacific Beat) – 11 November 2020

Improving soil improves diets in the Pacific (@33m 10s)
ABC Radio Australia (Pacific Beat) – 27 October 2020

From the ground up: soil science improves Pacific diets
Pacific Island Times – 13 October 2020

African cattle: Scientists identify new genetic traits
Queensland Country Life – 29 September 2020

Can school gardens help alleviate the economic impact of COVID-19 in the Pacific?
Devex – 28 September 2020

DFAT funded PNG school gardens
ABC Radio, NT – 11 September 2020

DFAT funded PNG school gardens
ABC Radio Australia – 9 September 2020

Vale Robin Graham
Farm Online – 5 September 2020

National Science week goes online
ABC Radio, NSW – 18 August 2020

National Science Week – National Rural News
Radio/podcast, National Rural News – 18 August 2020

Aussie scientists tackle food security
The Land – 17 August 2020

Ag hits National Science Week
Grains Central
– 13 August 2020

Crawford Fund support for Agrieducate essay comp
The Land – 9 August 2020

Funding for new One Health centre
ABC Radio, WA – 20 July 2020

Australia well placed for future viral pandemic preparedness
Devex – 13 July 2020

Coronavirus helps Australia fight African swine fever, but developing neighbours are being overwhelmed
ABC News – 7 July 2020

Australian agri-research can lead the way in virus prevention
Australian Financial Review – 9 June 2020

COVID-19: food, nutrition and the global poor
Devex – 17 April 2020

Australia foreign aid through agriculture research and development an untold success story
Farm Online – 10 March 2020

How beef cattle are unlocking SE Asia’s poverty trap
Queensland Country Life – 24 February 2020

Q&A: The impact on climate denial on food security
Devex – 15 January 2020


The road to climate-smart agriculture: Will the new agricultural revolution pass Australia by?
Asia & The Pacific Policy Society – 10 December 2019

Young Aussie ag scientists can tackle world’s food challenges
Stock Journal – 14 October 2019

Addressing climate change from a finance and liability lens
Devex – 16 August 2019

Sustainable food and the behavior change challenge
Devex – 16 August 2019

Experts tackle food security problem in the face of climate change
Radio National Breakfast – 13 August

Australia’s food security scholars recognised
The Land – 30 July 2019

Project providing improved nutritional properties for staple crops a winner
Farm Online – 18 July 2019

Pre-breeding targets three of the world’s most damaging crop pests and pathogens
Groundcover – 05 July 2019

New durum germplasm could lift the climatic resilience of Australian cultivars
Groundcover – 20 June 2019

Big benefits in conservation ag in North Africa
Farm Online – 29 May 2019

Australian wheat sector protects against hessian fly and Sunn pest
Farm Online – 6 May 2019

Breeding better durum in Morocco
Farm Online – 6 May 2019

Young scientists learn the ropes
Farm Online – 4 May 2019

Moroccan farm manager keeps the place ticking over
Farm Online – 2 May 2019

Moroccan trip a valuable opportunity for Australian wheat breeders
Farm Online – 2 May 2019

Looking to exploit our similarities to develop trade with Morocco
Farm Online – 30 April 2019

Helping to find a genetic needle in a haystack
Farm Online – 29 April 2019

Wheat serious business in Morocco
Farm Online – 26 April 2019

Rebuilding genetic diversity in Morocco
Queensland Country Life – 24 April 2019

Making the most of every drop of water in low rainfall zones
Farm Online – 21 April 2019

Morocco goes with the grain
The Land – 20 March 2019

Tim Fischer to step down from international Crop Trust
Grain Central – 20 March 2019

3 takeaways for impact in agriculture and development
Devex – 28 February 2019

Misinformation in agriculture contributing to tech block
The Weekly Times – 20 February 2019

Seed bank to preserve native plants
ABC Saturday AM, ABC TV Weekend National News – 16 February 2019

FMD detected – the value of biosecurity
ABC National News – 15 February 2019

One Hour live broadcast from AARES conference
ABC Rural Country Hour – 13 February 2019

Fake news thwarts livestock gene technology
Farmonline and weekly papers – 13 February 2019

Don’t Swallow ‘Fake News’ on Food and Agriculture  
National commercial radio coverage – 12-15 February 2019

Food conference urges action in remote communities
“The Wire” on National Community and Indigenous Radio – 12 February 2019

Urgent need for ‘drastic’ shift in diets
Farm Online and weekly papers – 11 February 2019