The Northern Territory Program was established in April 2002 to provide a Northern Territory focus for the Crawford Fund’s training programs. It aims to increase the number of trained technicians, technologists and scientists in developing countries to undertake useful and effective R&D activities for the improvement of agricultural productivity and food production in these countries.The strategic approach of the Program recognises the need to promote international agricultural research to assist in the alleviation of rural poverty with an emphasis on Southeast Asia, especially East Timor. It also aims to develop linkages between Territory institutions and agriculture and resource conservation specialists in these developing countries to facilitate the transfer of technology and assist in training for rural and regional development. The Northern Territory Program aims to identify and develop initiatives that make use of local expertise to benefit countries overseas while also creating educational, business and trade opportunities for Northern Territory.

Local business people, academics, rural and fishing industry representatives and others are welcome to provide input into the decisions to be made on the program’s focus and priorities for its Northern Territories constituents.

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 Northern Territory State Committee is offering the opportunity for tertiary students in NT 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 tania.paul@crawfordfund.org. Download an application form and apply by Thursday, 29 March 2018.

Thanks to the Crawford Fund in Northern Territory, Charles Darwin University and Australian National University PhD researcher student, Kim Hunnam participated in the September 2017 WorldFish Resilient Small-Scale Fisheries Symposium in Penang, Malaysia, and Maddison Clonan, from Charles Darwin University, visited Fiji to further her study on improving mango quality.

NT Committee Members

  • Helen GarnettChair, Prof Helen Garnett PSM FTSE FAICD
    Former Vice Chancellor CDU
  • Coordinator,  Ms Tania Paul
    Senior Lecturer, School of Science & Primary Industries, Charles Darwin University
    P: 08 8946 7158
    M: 0438 617 600
  • Philip Hausler
    Executive Director, Plant Industries Development, Department of Primary Industry and Resources
  • Mr Neil MacDonald
    Regional Director & Manager of Pastoral Research, Department of Primary Industry and Resources
  • Dr Jeremy Russell-Smith
    Member North Australian Indigenous Land & Sea Management Alliance
  • Glenn Schipp
    Director Fisheries and Aquaculture from the Department of Primary Industry and Resources
  • Ms Kate Peake
    CEO, Regional Development Australia Northern Territory
Training Activities

Academic Writing in the Mountains of West Timor
17 researchers and academics from six universities (Charles Darwin University, Australian National University, Western Sydney University, Nusa Cendana University, Halu Oleo University & Christian University of Wira Wacana) met in the mountain town of Soe, in Central-West Timor, Indonesia, for a three-day writing workshop. Coordinated by Rohan Fisher, Dr Sarah Hobgen and Sam Pickering, the workshop was part of a 3.5 year DFAT-funded small-scale mining project on artisanal and small-scale mining for development in Eastern Indonesia.

Livelihoods & Resources
Crawford Fund training held in Darwin aimed to build capacity in natural resources and indigenous livelihoods for Indonesian participants. The course covered theory as well as hands-on activities around community-based enterprise development, sustainable livelihoods and indigenous rights management.

Training in Mango Research
Mangoes are one of the major fruit crops grown in the Northern Territory. Extensive training in mango research, across six scientific disciplines, was undertaken for 38 delegates from Vietnam, Cambodia, Pakistan, Fiji, Philippines, Australia and Indonesia. The training was held in Darwin, just prior to the XI International Mango Symposium ‘Science Supporting the Mango Industry’.

Joaquim and Abel learn how to carry out diagnostic tests in the Darwin DAFF laboratory (Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, ELISA).Strengthening biosecurity in Timor Leste and the region
There are limited opportunities for plant biosecurity and quarantine training in East Timor, but it is of vital importance to the country’s food security and to regional biosecurity. Crawford Fund’s NT and WA committees pooled resources to support training to bolster biosecurity skills in Timor Leste.

NT 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 NT Conference ScholarsThe scholars supported by the NT Committee to attend the Crawford Fund’s 2017 Annual Conference are Maddison Clonan of the Charles Sturt University and Kimberley Hunnam of the Charles Darwin University. Read their reflections from the 2017 conference here.