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