The Tasmanian program was established in 2011, the last State to do so. With support from the Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment, the program addresses training needs identified as part of the wide spectrum of research and development undertaken by Tasmanian-based scientists. A particular feature of the program has been the emphasis on sustainable forestry and fisheries, with a concentration of effort in ACIAR and other projects in those areas undertaken by UTAS, CSIRO and the Tasmanian Forest Practices Authority.
Tasmanian agriculture is also characterised by diversity, from intensive horticulture and dairying through to mixed cropping and livestock, and that has also been reflected in the programs supported, from pyrethrum and vegetables in PNG through to beef cattle in Vietnam. The Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture has research interests across the value chain from production to market, with particular expertise in intensive production systems based on irrigation. While the Tasmanian environment is temperate, researchers operate in a wide range of tropical lowland and highland environments in the Pacific Islands, PNG, Indonesia, Vietnam and elsewhere. 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 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 Tasmania, applications are invited from the State’s undergraduate and postgraduate students interested in gaining international agricultural research experience in developing countries.
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!
Oliver Gales, University of Tasmania
Research: Investigation of the development of commercial vegetable and fruit production in Timor-Leste
Institute: The Crawford Fund (Tas) and Market Development Facility Timor Leste
Anna Mackintosh, University of Tasmania
Research: Improving maternal and child nutrition through agriculture: designing, implementing and monitoring impactful projects
Institute: Timor-Leste Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries
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.
Here’s this years scholars supported by the TAS Committee: