NSW Committee

In 1999, the Crawford Fund expanded its agricultural training scheme with the appointment of a New South Wales Committee chaired by Australia’s former Minister for Primary Industry and Energy, the Hon John Kerin. The Committee is identifying and expanding agricultural training opportunities, relevant to the NSW rural sector, that will bring together Australian experts and people from developing countries to improve food production and processing in developing countries. A brochure summarising our activities is available here.

Crawford Fund Student Awards – NSW

As part of our efforts to support and encourage the next generation in study, careers and volunteering in international agricultural research, the Crawford Fund proudly supports our Student Awards. These awards have been developed specifically to enable university students to gain valuable experience and expertise by bringing an international component to their studies and research.

In NSW, applications are invited from honours and postgraduate students interested in gaining international agricultural research experience in developing countries, with a maximum of $5,000 awarded. 


Congratulations to the 17 successful applicants from around Australia who received our 2023 awards to experience international agricultural research and development first hand.

The NSW award winners were:

Matthew Roscher, University of Wollongong
Location/Focus: Malaita Province, Solomon Islands
Research: Co-developing lessons with research partners relating to potential trade-offs and rebound effects from livelihood investments in small-scale fisheries.
Other collaborating institutions: ACIAR Project FIS/2019/124 – Innovating fish-based livelihoods in the community economies of Timor-Leste and Solomon Islands; WorldFish.

Jorge Ramos, Charles Sturt University
Location/Focus: Timor-Leste
Research: Temperature Buffering Capacity of Shade Trees in Coffee Agroforestry Systems of Timor-Leste: An Assessment of Biophysical and Household Drivers.
Other collaborating institutions: ACIAR Project CROP/2021/131 – Agricultural Innovations for Communities – Intensified and Diverse Farming Systems for Timor-Leste (AI-Com 2); Alter Trade Timor / MAF.

Training Activities

The current emphasis of the New South Wales Committee’s training programs is in areas having high value to developing countries in the Asian region and in which competence and experience of a very high order resides amongst government agencies and universities within NSW. These include: plant and animal breeding, animal disease diagnosis and preparedness, weed management, social dimensions of agricultural research and extension, natural resource management – land, forestry, fisheries and water, and food safety and preservation.

NSW Crawford Fund Scholars: 2023 Annual Conference

Each year, the Crawford Fund Committees offer Conference Scholarships for students and young researchers to attend the annual conference. The Scholarship provides funds to cover expenses such as travel, accommodation and registration.

We’re excited to announce our bumper crop of 36 2023 Annual Conference scholarship winners from universities and organisations across Australia, and for the second time, special guest scholars from Papua New Guinea! This takes our conference scholar alumni to almost 450 young students and researchers and industry representatives with an interest in reshaping agriculture to better address food security, the nutritional needs of a growing population, and the environment.

The 2023 conference scholars from NSW are listed below.

  • Claudio Cortellazzi, Western Sydney University
  • Marieke Hoelscher, Charles Sturt University
  • Kayla Lochner, University of New South Wales
  • Sally Poole, University of Sydney / Digital Ag Technologies Australia (Data Ag)
  • Jorge Ramos, Charles Sturt University
  • Matthew Roscher, University of Wollongong
2022 conference scholars from NSW (L to R) Amy Bates, Anneliese Austin, Ali Bajwa, Thi Ha Lien Le, Tabita Tan, Eleanor Armati and Mikali Anagnostis pictured with the Crawford Fund NSW’s Coordinator Helen Scott-Orr

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