The Crawford Fund’s training program has touched over 12,500 developing country agricultural scientists, extension staff and farmers in a diverse range of topics.

Our training is focused around our Master Classes, our State and Territory supported programs, and our mentoring program. Our Policies and Guidelines can be found here.

We strongly support training activities that provide benefits to both Australian and developing country participants.

Our flagship training initiative, our Master Classes, are for mid- or senior level agricultural specialists. We use our significant Australian and international networks to develop intensive training in partnership with other Australian and international research, government, industry and academic agencies. To date, around 50 Master Classes have been held for over 1000 people in countries across the Asia-Pacific and Africa, and in Australia.

We also deliver short-term training of early career agricultural scientists by Australian specialists and institutions in small groups either in Australia or overseas. This is focused on practical, short-term, hands-on training tailored to the needs of an individual or for a group to increase the practical skills of agricultural scientists or farmers in developing countries.

The Crawford Fund’s Mentoring Program aims to complement our Master Class and training program by placing experienced Australians with developing country researchers to help them develop their technical and organisational skills, and expertise. Our mentors work with the Australian Volunteers program to involve young Australians in the overseas work on the ground.

Check our Master Class and Mentoring webpages or individual State or Territory Committee webpages to learn more.