Doing Well by Doing Good – testimonial videos

December 1, 2022

We are pleased to have so many eminent people who support our view that it is in Australia’s interests to support an increase in the small proportion of its development-assistance budget invested in international agricultural research for development (Ag4Dev).

As part of our Doing Well by Doing Good campaign, we approached eminent international and Australian thought- and research leaders and are so pleased to have them as part of our outreach to support the case we will be putting to decision-makers that:

Despite the proof positive from benefit-cost analyses finding a ratio of 10:1 on investment, and the less quantifiable social, environmental, and diplomatic benefits in-country and to Australia of investing in Ag4Dev, the proportion of Australia’s development-assistance budget it receives is only around 2.5 percent. We firmly believe it is in Australia’s interests to increase the proportion of its development-assistance budget invested in Ag4Dev.

We would welcome receiving your own ‘testimonial’ on international agricultural research or a short 1-2 minute video on your experience of the impact of your involvement in food and nutrition security. Please contact our Director of Outreach, Cathy Reade if you’d like to get involved!

In the meantime, I trust you enjoy our short testimonial videos from:

Alison Bentley, Director, CIMMYT’s Global Wheat Program

Alyssa Jade McDonald-Baertl, CGIAR System Board Member

Claudia Sadoff, CGIAR Executive Managing Director

Colin Chartres, Chief Executive Officer, The Crawford Fund

Holger Meinke, Chair, Independent Science for Development Council, CGIAR

Jean Balié, Regional Director, South East Asia and Pacific, CGIAR, and Director General of the International Rice Research Institute

John Anderson, Chair, The Crawford Fund

Lindiwe Sibanda, CGIAR System Board Member

Marco Ferroni, CGIAR System Board Chair

Members of the NextGen in Ag4Dev

Tim Reeves, Director, The Crawford Fund

Tony Gregson, Farmer and Director, The Crawford Fund

  • We encourage you to check out the #WhyAg4Dev resources and watch the Testimonial Videos.
  • Join us in our efforts to bring attention to the benefits of international Ag4Dev by using our social media toolkit.
  • A series of State based #WhyAg4Dev forums and events will be held around the country in 2023 so stay tuned.