February 2, 2021
Our NextGen program is pleased to have collaborated again with the Future Farmers Network after our webinar last year on Making a Global Difference. We had a panel of Nextgen talking about agriculture work in developing countries, its benefits to our neighbours, to Australian ag, and to them professionally and personally.
This time, we arranged for our mentor and Crawford Fund medal awardee Dr Robyn Alders to talk about her work in agriculture for development and her thoughts about agriculture in Australia. Her chat with Oli Le Lievre as part of Future Farmers Network Mentor of the Month series ranged across both developing country and Australian agriculture and included discussion about Robyn’s work with ACIAR’s thermotolerant Newcastle Disease vaccine, her mentoring over many years and the important role of the humble village chickens to livelihoods and nutrition.
While we are all waiting for a time when we can get back in the field in developing countries, we hope that Robyn’s story will prickle some interest in the audience of young Australian farmers in agriculture for development. Some of our opportunities for involvement include:
And the Fund’s high school teaching materials will hopefully pique the interest of even younger demographic in years 9-12. Our initial series of materials cover:
For some more information on Robyn, watch our video below around her work on Newcastle Disease in Africa.
And, again, the podcast as FFN’s Mentor of the Month is below.
A big thank you to Future Farmers Network for another opportunity to collaborate and raise awareness of the opportunities in and impact of agriculture for development.