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. A brochure summarising our activities is available here.
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.
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. 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 the Northern Territory, applications are invited from honours and postgraduate students interested in gaining international agricultural research experience in developing countries. Reports from previous awardees are linked on this page.
The winners of our 2019 Student Award Recipients have been announced, congratulations to the 22 successful students from around Australia will soon experience international agricultural research and development first hand.
Congratulations to our 2019 International Student Award Recipients!
Jane Ray, University of Queensland
Research: Identification and management of bacterial wilt diseases in banana. Strengthening the banana industry diagnostic capacity.
Institute: Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation, University of Queensland and University of Costa Ric
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.
The scholar supported by the NT Committee to attend the Crawford Fund’s 2018 Annual Conference was Samantha Nowland. Read her reflections from the 2018 conference here