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 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, TAS Student Awards are open to Undergraduate, Honours and Postgraduate students, with a maximum of $3,000 awarded.
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2020 INTERNATIONAL STUDENT AWARD RECIPIENTS!
Congratulations to the 12 successful applicants from around Australia who are receiving our 2020 awards to experience international agricultural research and development first hand.
The TAS awardees are:
Lucy Cooper, University of Tasmania
Research: Training exchange to promote and support value-add processing for fruit production in Vietnam
Projects/Institutions: AGB/2018/171 ACIAR – implemented by UQ and FAVRI; Ferment Australia and University College.
Raj Kishore Rajan Babu Sheela, University of Tasmania
Location: Lao PDR
Research: Entomology in Laos
Projects/Institutions: The Crawford Fund, Laos Program
PLEASE NOTE THAT APPROVED AWARDEES’ TRAVEL WILL NEED TO COMPLY WITH DFAT TRAVEL ADVICE FOR SAFETY AND HEALTH PURPOSES.
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: