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.

2018 Crawford Fund Student Awards

The Crawford Fund and its State programs are supporting the training and development of young agricultural scientists across Australia through its 2018 Crawford Fund Student Awards. The New South Wales State Committee is offering the opportunity for tertiary students in NSW to receive first-hand experience in international agricultural research.

Applications are now open. For more information, visit the 2018 Crawford Fund Student Awards, download the flyer, or contact hscottorr@gmail.com. Download an application form and apply by Thursday, 29 March 2018.

New South Wales Committee Members


  • Coordinator, Hon Associate Professor Helen Scott-Orr PSM
    Australia’s inaugural Inspector-General of Biosecurity
    P: 02 8096 2927
    M: 0439 033 365
  • Dr Robyn Alders AO
    Principal Research Fellow, Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Sydney
  • Hon Prof Lester Burgess
    Former Dean of Agricultural Science, University of Sydney
  • Mr Neil Inall AM
    Agricultural Commentator
  • Dr Deirdre Lemerle
    Adjunct Professor, Charles Sturt University; Former Director, Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation CSU
  • Dr Bruce Standen AM
    Former Managing Director Australian Meat and Livestock Corporation
  • Dr. David Godden
    Adjunct Associate Professor
    UNE Business School
    University of New England, Armidale NSW
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: 2017 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.

2017 conference scholars sponsored by the NSW Committee, Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation, and the University of New England

NSW 2017 conference scholars

The scholars supported by the NSW Committee to attend the Crawford Fund’s 2017 Annual Conference were Bhakti Haldankar and Sam Coggins of The University of Sydney and Samuel Ariong of the University of Newcastle. Read their reflections from the 2017 conference here.