The Victorian program, established in 1995, enjoys strong support from the Victorian Government and the private sector for its training activities in crop production, the dairy industry, education and animal health. The Victorian Program has adopted a strategy of selecting and concentrating on projects which will provide cumulative ongoing benefit to developing country agriculture by running programs which build on experience year on year for up to three years.
This, however, does not prevent us from seizing opportunities for valuable ad hoc training when appropriate. Major crop programs have included cocoa in Vietnam and Papua New Guinea (PNG), potatoes in PNG, dairy hygiene in Malaysia and Indonesia, animal health in Nepal and an ongoing relationship with the Royal National University of Bhutan where we helped to set up a bachelor of agriculture degree course and training in research techniques in agriculture. Victorian scientists and technologists have welcomed the opportunities to interact with colleagues and students to help them lift agricultural production in developing countries, while at the same time enhancing the scientific capacity of their own agencies through networking and exchanging knowledge and ideas on food and fibre production.
Additionally we are now making greater use of valuable Australian facilities such as the National Grains Genebank and the Australian Animal Health Laboratory, both based in Victoria. We will be looking for opportunities to increase training in plant biosecurity to complement the work we are already doing in animal biosecurity. 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 Victoria, the awards are open to Honours and Postgraduate students enrolled in a Victorian university 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!
Jesse Beasley, University of Melbourne
Research: A Global Wheat Breeding Partnership to Develop Iron and Zinc Biofortified Bread Wheat, linking University of Melbourne and CIMMYT Wheat Biofortification Programs
Institute: International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center
Cassandra Davitt, University of Melbourne
Research: Are Bankhar dogs a reservoir (or sentinel) host for canine vector borne diseases in Mongolia?
Project ID: 1814429
Institute: Mongolian University of Life Sciences
Peter Richardson, University of Melbourne
Research: Improving livestock production through research for development in the Central Dry Zone of Myanmar
Project ID: LH/2014/056 (ACIAR) – Improving Farmer Livelihoods by Developing Market Orientated Small Ruminant Production Systems in Myanmar
Institute: University of Veterinary Science, Myanmar
Lily Tran, La Trobe University
Research: Real time field based molecular detection of Fasciola spp. in low resource settings, Ecological control of Liver Flukes: defining the local situations and training in ecological tools and concepts
Institute: National Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory Vietnam; Department of Animal Health, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development
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 scholars supported through Victoria to attend the Crawford Fund’s 2018 Annual Conference are Maree Bouterakos, Stefanie Carino, Abbey Dyson, Stephanie Prado, Kiana Barrie-Gresham, Tim Luke, Sophia Hoffenberg and Georgia O’Shea. Read their reflections from the 2018 conference here.