What’s been your path to Ag4D?

November 10, 2020

Have you had an interesting career path leading you to where you are in agriculture for development?

The Crawford Fund’s NextGen project wants to hear from you!

We have no doubt that involving young Australians in international agriculture and agriculture for development has meaningful and beneficial outcomes for food and nutrition security, for the students and for Australian agriculture. This has been the focus of our awareness raising in the first year of our NextGen project.

We have been offering encouragement into studies, careers and volunteering in research for agricultural development for over a decade through the Crawford Fund’s conference scholarships, student awards and volunteering placements. We also like to make sure that NextGen are aware of the great possibilities that come from being part of the ACIAR Graduate Development Program, and we encourage membership of the RAID Network, which does such a great job at bringing together early to mid-career researchers with an interest in agriculture and international development.

In 2020-2021, we want to complement this by highlighting to high school and university students the tremendous range and diversity of career pathways to work in agriculture for development. We know not everyone does so by studying agriculture.

We hope to develop a series of blogs, podcasts and videos to further explain some of these less obvious pathways. The materials will be used in our events and high school materials, and provided to our many NextGen partners for them to use and promote.

We know there are different study options in addition to the very wide array within agriculture, forestry and fisheries, such as the following:

  • Big-Data/Computing
  • Business
  • Communications
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance/Accounting
  • Gender
  • Geography
  • Governance
  • Mathematics
  • Meteorology
  • Nutrition
  • Policy Development
  • Project Management
  • Social Sciences
  • Technology

It doesn’t matter how far down your career pathway you are, we’d love to hear from you.

Please contact Cathy Reade, our Director of Outreach who manages the NextGen program, on [email protected] 0413575934 with a quick description of what you do and how you got there. We are hoping for lots of interesting stories for our NextGen podcast series, videos and blogs.

And finally, a big thank you to ACIAR for funding our NextGen project supporting this work.