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.
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 2021 Student Awards. Our Student Awards have been developed specifically to enable university students with practical, feet-on-the-ground, involvement in an overseas project as part of their studies. In 2021, NSW Student Awards are open to Honours and Postgraduate students, with a maximum of $4,000 awarded.
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.
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 51 2019 Annual Conference scholarship winners from universities and organisations across Australia. This takes our conference scholar alumni to almost 320 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 2019 conference scholars from NSW are listed below. You can read about their experiences here.
NSW COMMITTEE SPONSORED SCHOLARS
Francesca Earp, University of Sydney
Angus Mitchell, University of Sydney
Lucy Noble, University of Sydney
Yolanda Plowman, University of Sydney
Naomi Diplock, AVP volunteer, National Mushroom Centre Bhutan
GRAHAM CENTRE SPONSORED SCHOLARS
SOUTHERN CROSS UNIVERSITY SPONSORED SCHOLAR
UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND SPONSORED SCHOLARS
Sajanee Hene Kapuralalage