Crawford Fund in WA

Established in 1995 with support from the Government of Western Australia and the private sector, the Western Australian Program invites submissions for training developing country workers in any field where WA expertise can make a significant contribution to food production. We especially seek projects for training Indonesian, African and Middle Eastern workers in plant breeding, pasture and animal production, grain storage, salinity problems, plant nutrition and fisheries management.

Western Australian farmers have benefited from the support provided to developing country trainees by acquiring valuable plant germplasm—Biserrula from Morocco, anthracnose resistant albus lupin from Ethiopia, and black spot resistant field pea from Russia—through the scientific network that the training courses have established. In addition, training in pest and disease diagnosis and control is reducing risks of introducing plant and animal diseases, and problems arising from faulty diagnosis of diseases in products that are exported from and imported into Australia. Commercial enterprises have benefited from their partnership with the Crawford Fund to support training projects for importers in the efficient use of their products, reducing marketing risks, and enhancing their image as good corporate citizens.

We invite new participants for projects on the basis that WA commerce will be “doing well by doing good.”

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 Western Australia State Committee is offering the opportunity for tertiary students in WA 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 lyn.abbott@crawfordfund.org. Download an application form and apply by Thursday, 29 March 2018.

International Training and Agriculture Awards
The Crawford Fund and its State programs support the training of international scientists and extension officers in agricultural development. The Western Australia Committee offers the opportunity for developing country scientists to work specifically with WA-based institutions in international agricultural research (IAR).

In addition, the committee offers an award for a young Western Australian honours or postgraduate student to add an international component to their work. This initiative aims to facilitate active student participation in IAR projects in order to help them gain valuable experience and expertise.

The two types of awards are ‘International Training’ and a ‘Student International Agricultural Award’. For each of these opportunities, the WA Crawford Fund Committee puts out a call for a new round of applications. Further information can be found here, and obtained from the WA Coordinator Dr James Ridsdill-Smith (james.ridsdill-smith@crawfordfund.org).

WA Committee Members

  • Coordinator, Em Prof Lyn Abbot FAIAST
    School of Earth Geographical Sciences,
    University of Western Australia
  • Prof Richard Bell
    School of Veterinary & Life Sciences, Murdoch University
  • Prof William Erskine
    Director, International Centre for Plant Breeding,
    Education & Research, University of Western Australia
  • Dr Mike Ewing
    Grains Research Development Corporation
  • Kerry Regan
    Director Grains Research & Innovation,
    Department of Agriculture & Food, Western Australia
  • Dr Graeme Robertson FTSE
    Private Consultant
  • Prof Kadambot Siddique AM FTSE
    Director, UWA Institute of Agriculture,
    Faculty of Natural & Agricultural Sciences
Training Activities and Events

The Western Australian Committee is involved in a range of training activities, such as managing stored grain pests, safe herbicide use and biosecurity; and events to provide networking opportunities for younger researchers.

Here are some examples:


WA 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.

2016 WA Committee and AEGIC sponsored conference scholars

2017 WA Committee sponsored conference scholars with speaker Dr Ken Street

The scholars supported by the WA Committee to attend the Crawford Fund’s 2017 Annual Conference were Sara Hyde of the Facey Group Inc., Bob (Xin) Du of Murdoch University, and Ana Morena of the Australian National University. Read their reflections from the 2017 conference here.