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20 August 2019 EVENT

Come along to the RAID Network Q&A and Networking Event for the 2019 Australasia-Pacific Extension Network Conference! This...

19 August 2019 EVENT

After the success of our ‘Agricultural Research Leadership and Management’ workshops in Brisbane, Adelaide, Hobart and Wagga Wa...

19 August 2019 EVENT

Interested in international agricultural research, development & extension but not sure how to get involved?? This FREE eve...

18 August 2019 EVENT

Please mark your calendar and join us for a special seminar series in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide the week of 30th...

11 July 2019 BLOG

By Emma Hand In August of 2018, I lead a group of seven students from Charles Sturt University (CSU) on a New Colombo Plan shor...

27 June 2019 BLOG

By Marisa Mitchell I’m a Research Officer on a one-year assignment with the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) a...

23 May 2019 BLOG

(Unexpected constraints to production), and other lessons from life in Lao PDR I have been a field pathologist for… well,...

01 April 2019 BLOG

Vietnam is a beautiful country, alive with culture, tradition and a vibrant society. Unfortunately this has not always been the...

12 March 2019 BLOG

In November 2018 I set off to Điện Biên Province in North-West Vietnam, my 5th trip to this area in 4 years. My PhD research is...

18 February 2019 BLOG

January sidled by (without hesitation) and it’s time we start sharing some of the blogs we’ve been holding on to… But first – w...

21 December 2018 BLOG

Where has the year gone! Last week it felt like February. But here we are with Christmas just days away and everyone is getting...

19 December 2018 BLOG

By Joe Vile and Sam Coggins Did you know that Australian science and knowledge contributes to the diets of 400 million people w...

17 December 2018 BLOG

Are you an agriculture enthusiast from Australia keen to work with farmers in developing countries? Here is a list of funded op...

07 December 2018 BLOG

In the absence of a fantastically clear career plan (which very few people actually have), what you do for a living and where y...

05 December 2018 BLOG

International Volunteer Day, celebrated each year on December 5, was started by the United Nations (UN) in 1985 to acknowledge ...

30 November 2018 BLOG

By Bianca Das and David Mcgill We often think about our jobs purely as scientists – ‘crunching the numbers and writing go...

22 November 2018 BLOG

I have always been interested in how agricultural R&D has spillover benefits or interactions to other areas of internationa...

16 November 2018 BLOG

A little bit of team bonding, some long work days, a lot of humidity, and a touch of heat stroke & dehydration led to that ...

13 November 2018 NEWS

RAID partnered with the Crawford Fund to present another intensive workshop on agricultural research leadership and management ...

02 November 2018 BLOG

I’ve just come back from my first field season in Cambodia for my PhD fieldwork. My PhD is aimed at networking a way to sustain...

26 October 2018 BLOG

For those of you haven’t attended a speed-networking event or haven’t yet read Jack Koci’s blog, speed networking is speed dati...

18 October 2018 BLOG

World Food Day is celebrated every year around the world on October 16 and is an opportunity to reflect on the progress to achi...

12 October 2018 BLOG

When thinking about a career in agriculture, most people envisage acres of cattle and miles of fencing. Having myself grown up ...

03 October 2018 BLOG

We have all heard about the public-private partnerships (PPP) when it comes to governments building infrastructure like toll ro...

28 September 2018 BLOG

You’ve already read about the rich cultural experience and unique development opportunity of Nick’s role as a plant pathologist...

21 September 2018 BLOG

This is where I now live – Savannakhet, Lao PDR. There are around 100,000 people in the city. There are three other Austr...

19 September 2018 NEWS

Our crew of Northern Territory RAIDers is growing thanks to the active efforts of our NT State Rep Maddison. NT RAID kicked off...

14 September 2018 BLOG

I’m now coming to the end of my candidature. I’ve nearly made it! Looking back at the three-year journey I have made plenty of ...

07 September 2018 BLOG

It’s hard to cross a road in the Philippines – let alone create high resolution soil maps. Yet Australian and Filipino re...

30 August 2018 BLOG

RAID were in attendance at the 2018 Crawford Fund conference ‘Reshaping agriculture for better nutrition – The Agriculture, Foo...

24 August 2018 BLOG

In last week’s blog on women’s empowerment, Romana reminded us not to leave men behind. If both women and men can embrace chang...

14 August 2018 BLOG

Romana Roschinsky – International Research and Training Program Leader – Livestock Systems, University of New Engla...

31 July 2018 NEWS

Researchers in Agriculture for International Development (RAID) and the Crawford Fund recently held a workshop on Agricultural ...

20 July 2018 BLOG

Blog by – Elizabeth Worrall with contribution from Shaun Coffey and Lynn O’Brien Leadership; easy to say, harder to practice. “...

28 June 2018 BLOG

Written by final year Veterianry Students (University of Melbourne); Samuel Duck and Madeleine Rowe (pictured) As final year Do...

15 June 2018 BLOG

Think of sardines and most people think of those that come tightly packed in a tin. But here in Timor-Leste, sardines come pile...

01 June 2018 BLOG

It’s #WorldMilkDay and there’s no better time to celebrate the extraordinary research our team in Pakistan has been working on ...

31 May 2018 NEWS

A lunchtime information and networking event was held at the University of Tasmania on 28th March 2018 to showcase RAID as an A...

25 May 2018 NEWS

Last night RAID’s ACT reps Dave and Kylie hosted Canberra’s first ever stand alone networking event – and it was a great succes...

18 May 2018 BLOG

Or maybe not.   I was recently on a trip to Cambodia to set up the trials for my final year honours project: growing Mungb...

20 April 2018 BLOG

Ever wondered what it’s like to conduct research in a developing country?  Here’s a sneak peak!  Graham Centre for ...

09 March 2018 BLOG

Wes Ward is currently a part-time Media Officer with Charles Sturt University (CSU), who has worked with multicultural teams in...

09 February 2018 BLOG

What do you think about when you think of South East Asia? You probably think bustling cities with crazy traffic and even crazi...

12 January 2018 BLOG

Recently I was on my first field research trip to Myanmar. What I knew before about this fascinating country was little: Golden...

31 December 2017 NEWS

By Jack Koci, Madaline Healey and Bianca Das Networking with RAID “The perils and blunders of working in agricultural developme...

16 December 2017 BLOG

2017 is coming to end with the “silly season” pretty much here! I am sure many of you are looking forward to enjoying some spar...

01 December 2017 BLOG

In the centre of a dense patch of dry dead weeds, a single tussock of vibrant green grass stands tall under the merciless Laoti...

17 November 2017 BLOG

Last month was International Day of Rural Women – a day that pays tribute to the invaluable role that women play in their homes...

03 November 2017 BLOG

The world is increasingly a digital space. Between 1995 and 2017, the number of people using the internet has grown from 16 mil...

20 October 2017 BLOG

Ann-Maree discussing health service needs in remote southwest Uganda with local midwife of 50+ years Mrs Angela Nakagwa Nalongo...

18 October 2017 NEWS

There was a good turnout to last week’s RAID event, organised by PhD Candidate Elya Richardson and Animal Science lecturer John...

06 October 2017 BLOG

Over the past five years, I have been absolutely infatuated by the concept of having a long and illustrious career that focusse...

04 October 2017 NEWS

By Dr Myrtille Lacoste – WA RAID Representative On 24 August, The Crawford Fund and the RAID network co-hosted a Sundowner at t...

22 September 2017 BLOG

“Would you like to join fieldwork in Fiji in three weeks?” my colleague Fran Cowley asked me in May. Well sure! What a great op...

08 September 2017 BLOG

By Emma Hand Before leaving Australia to embark on my 12 month, Australian volunteer assignment to Samoa, I was excitedly telli...

25 August 2017 BLOG

By Arundhita Bhanjdeo My first trip to Bhubhui, Jharkhand, India was three years ago. The first thing I came across was one of ...

12 August 2017 BLOG

After a huge (and successful) week at the Crawford Conference and hanging out with a bunch of incredible young scholars a few o...

04 August 2017 BLOG

With the upcoming Crawford Fund 2017 Annual Conference, it got us here at RAID thinking, what’s the key to effective networking...

28 July 2017 BLOG

By Brendon Bangma Sitting here in a small air conditioned office in provincial Laos I have put aside some work on upcoming fiel...

14 July 2017 BLOG

Jenny Hanks has a chat with Myo Thura in rainy Yangon while we wait for the power to come back on… Tell us a little about yours...

07 July 2017 BLOG

Renee’s blog from last week “Canaries of Climate change”, was a stark reminder of real and immediate challenges facing us in ag...

30 June 2017 BLOG

I write this as my mind is a whirlwind of thoughts – what I need to pack, what I’ll likely forget to pack, the fact that I’m fl...

28 June 2017 NEWS

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15 June 2017 BLOG

Australian researchers in international agriculture need to re-focus on communicating the value of our research in a time of re...

01 June 2017 BLOG

I’m being offered a lot of advice at the moment! In 2017 I’m getting married and having my first child and everyone seems to ha...

22 May 2017 BLOG

Are you a young researcher focusing on food and sustainability issues? If so, be aware of the BCFN YES! research funding opport...

19 May 2017 BLOG

I was recently on a writing retreat with my research group. Ostensibly arranged by our boss to workshop each other’s current pu...

16 May 2017 NEWS

Have you been to any of RAID’s events? What do YOU think RAID should be doing? Are we perfect and don’t need to change? Or do y...

11 May 2017 BLOG

5. This is the number of hours it took, on average, to complete my paper-based survey questionnaire during the pre-testing in V...

27 April 2017 BLOG

I recently came across the blog ‘Blood and Milk’ by Alanna Shaikh. Alanna writes on all things international development, shari...

20 April 2017 BLOG

RAID president, Jack Koci, spends 10 minuts with soil scientist Paul Nelson Tell us a little bit about yourself? I’m a research...

07 April 2017 BLOG

Who Me? When I left school, I was determined to follow in my father’s footsteps and started studying medicine. However, this wa...

30 March 2017 BLOG

Wes is currently a Media Officer with Charles Sturt University, with experience working with multicultural teams in developing ...

24 March 2017 BLOG

It takes 15 seconds to read this first paragraph. Fifteen seconds to get an idea of what I am doing. If the idea interests you,...

17 March 2017 BLOG

My mate Amila was puzzled. I had just asked him if he ever gets sick of eating rice. I was certainly sick of it. I was halfway ...

09 March 2017 BLOG

Why is gender important? In smallholder research projects it is common to use “household typologies” to look at the impact of d...

03 March 2017 BLOG

By: Dr Lila Singh-Peterson, Research Fellow, USC Queensland I would like to take a few moments to explain why I think the role ...

23 February 2017 BLOG

Reflections and ethical dilemmas from 8 years in African agricultural development. Helping – that’s why we do what we do. It’s ...

17 February 2017 BLOG

By Dave Shearer I worked with ACIAR for 10 years, doing some really interesting stuff in the early days of the agribusiness pro...

10 February 2017 BLOG

English is the predominant language of science. For me it’s my first language but for many of my colleagues it is their second ...

03 February 2017 BLOG

The experience of working in agricultural research for development taught me some valuable lessons that I’ve recently found mys...

27 January 2017 BLOG

By David McGill & Jenny Hanks Having students, whether they be undergrad/postgrad/local/international/short-term/long-term,...

19 January 2017 BLOG

At RAID we hear a lot of stories from people working in international agriculture. The challenges of frequent travel and workin...

10 January 2017 BLOG

By Omid Neishaboory Nejad Coming from a fast developing country with different levels of exposure to modern and complex urban l...

20 December 2016 BLOG

No matter where you are and how you celebrate, from the RAID team we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!   If...

14 December 2016 BLOG

Does the thought of sitting back and relaxing over Christmas and New Year with nothing to do terrify you? After a hectic year w...

09 December 2016 BLOG

By: Ms Phonevilay Sichanthongthip, Research Entomologist, National Agriculture and Forestry Institute, Vientiane, Lao PDR I stu...

29 November 2016 BLOG

Starting out with the ACIAR SIMLESA Project Prior to taking up a position as a soil scientist within ACIAR’s project SIMLESA, I...

25 November 2016 BLOG

Let’s start by being very upfront about this topic. There are many people out there that do not enjoy statistics or crunching n...

17 November 2016 BLOG

By Di Mayberry, Lindsay Bell and Kendrick Cox Before you fly 1. Pack your hand luggage carefully. – Make sure you have ev...

08 November 2016 BLOG

My father came to Myanmar as a backpacker in 1981. Driving back from swimming training he would tell us stories of a land of ho...

04 November 2016 BLOG

By Robbie Mitchell The holiday blues. We all get them, particularly soon after having returning back to our nine to five jobs. ...

27 October 2016 NEWS

RAID is calling for applications to its Annual Capacity Builing Event on Mobile Acquired Data (MAD) Apps   Theme: Digital ...

25 October 2016 BLOG

Madaline Healey has a chat with plant pathologist and international agricultural researcher Lester Burgess Tell us a little abo...

20 October 2016 BLOG

Chris Barlow, Fisheries Research Program Manager, ACIAR Chris Barlow is the Fisheries RPM at ACIAR and recently shared his pear...

12 October 2016 BLOG

“Raindrops on roses, and whiskers on kittens…” I am in a hotel lobby in Meiktila, Myanmar, singing a deeply expressive Sound of...

05 October 2016 BLOG

Dr Stephen Ives, Research Fellow, UTAS. The underlying objective of conducting research for development in Asia, the pacific an...

30 September 2016 BLOG

My husband Alex is a passionate coffee drinker, a tragic addict. Being from Spain, he is in constant pursuit of the ‘café corta...

21 September 2016 BLOG

I recently read a journal article which highlighted smallholders in East Asian economies as persistent and resilient, but only ...

14 September 2016 BLOG

Caitlin McQuarrie (BVSc V, University of Sydney) Recently, as part of my final year of my Veterinary training, I undertook a mo...

09 September 2016 BLOG

As an early career researcher, I have been fortunate to be involved in an Australian Centre for International Agricultural Rese...

02 September 2016 BLOG

Skye Gabb and David McGill This week we attended the Crawford Fund Annual Conference “Waste not, want not: the circular economy...

26 August 2016 BLOG

There is so much to learn as an early career researcher, the phrase ‘the more I learn the more I realise I don’t know’ comes to...

19 August 2016 BLOG

For National Science Week 2016 Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel, is calling on all Australians to get to know the na...

11 August 2016 BLOG

By Perry Poulton and Skye Gabb Perry Poulton is a research agronomist with CSIRO Agriculture and Food who has over 30 years exp...

10 August 2016 NEWS

On the 8th August, 35 University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) students and staff gathered by lakes at USC to enjoy a BBQ and tal...

05 August 2016 NEWS

RAID has enjoyed another great year, connecting, engaging and supporting early to mid-career researchers involved in agricultur...

05 August 2016 BLOG

I am more than half way through my Honours research project on “Retention of Passive integrated transponder (PIT) tags in selec...

03 August 2016 NEWS

Researchers in Agriculture for International Development and the Crawford Fund recently formed a new partnership which will see...

29 July 2016 BLOG

Chris Jacobson I’ve had some fortuitous opportunities in my career as a social scientist working in climate resilience and agri...

22 July 2016 BLOG

You know what’s fun? Analysing data – that’s what! You know what’s not fun? Spending hours and hours of time ‘analysing’ data, ...

01 July 2016 BLOG

By Di Mayberry, Julia Hoy, Nick Hudson, Dennis Poppi, Megan Sullivan Conferences are an important part of being a scientist. An...

01 July 2016 BLOG

By Neal Dalgliesh and Skye Gabb Neal Dalgliesh is an agricultural research consultant and CSIRO research fellow who has worked ...

01 July 2016 BLOG

By Neal Dalgliesh and Skye Gabb Neal Dalgliesh is an agricultural research consultant and CSIRO research fellow who has worked ...

24 June 2016 BLOG

By Lachlan Dennis After a quick scramble to make the connection from Port Moresby I’m there. On a plane to tropical Kavieng for...

17 June 2016 BLOG

My many moments in Myanmar continue this year. Although now they are a little less frequent, as at the end of last year I moved...

10 June 2016 BLOG

By Peter Wynn Working with youth A single meeting with a young school student in a village in Western Punjab remains indelibly ...

03 June 2016 BLOG

Part 1: The complexities of buffalo production influenced who the project engaged with The beginning: It was with some trepidat...

27 May 2016 BLOG

Last night we had a good turn out to a Victorian RAID event in Melbourne. Jenny Hanks and Anthony Leddin did a great job rallyi...

20 May 2016 BLOG

By Evan Christen, Research Program Manager, Land and Water Resources, ACIAR HOW DID YOU GET INVOLVED IN AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH F...

13 May 2016 BLOG

By Jeff Corfield I fell into international R4D almost by chance, having spent most of my 35 year CSIRO career working in rangel...

06 May 2016 BLOG

Picture this.  I’m sitting on a concrete floor, in a thatched house, in the heart of the Mekong Delta. It’s hot. Really hot. My...

29 April 2016 BLOG

I remember as a 17-year-old telling all my high school friends that I was heading off to university to study agriculture. “Agri...

22 April 2016 BLOG

This blog comes off the back of a previous blog in which I wrote about some of my experiences of traveling overseas during my t...

15 April 2016 BLOG

Growing up, scientists to me were people in white lab coats staring down microscopes and occasionally winning very serious and ...

09 April 2016 BLOG

More often than not, Pakistan is in the media for all the wrong reasons. When people generally think about this country the thi...

29 March 2016 BLOG

University of Sydney Veterinary Science student, Nina Matsumto shares her 2xxFM (http://www.2xxfm.org.au/) interview with Rhyll...

22 March 2016 BLOG

Travelling to unique and remote places is one of the highlights of working in R4D. However, one of the downsides of this is tha...

18 March 2016 BLOG

Last year I attended a RAID event and was lucky enough to hear Tony Fisher’s advice for young researchers. Amongst his wise wor...

26 February 2016 BLOG

As my first year as a grad at ACIAR comes to a close I looked back at some of the work I have been involved in and thought what a

26 February 2016 BLOG

NAME: Anthony Ringrose-Voase CURRENT ROLE AND ORGANISATION: Principal Research Consultant, CSIRO Agriculture   Photo 1: Fi...

09 February 2016 BLOG

In November 2015 I completed my honours year as a part of my 4 year Bachelor of Agricultural Science degree at Brisbane’s...

09 February 2016 BLOG

For those of you considering applying for the new ACIAR graduate position, read on to get a first-hand account of the experienc...

04 February 2016 BLOG

I am a fourth year Animal and Veterinary Bioscience student at the University of Sydney. I am currently in Cambodia working on ...

28 January 2016 BLOG

Current role and organisation: Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Sydney How did you get involved...

22 January 2016 BLOG

Julia de Bruyn, Sydney University, tells us about her work with village based poultry vaccination programs in the Majiri Villag...

15 January 2016 BLOG

“Do you have Australian money?” the police officer asked after he pulled me over on the motorbike I was loaned to get around th...

07 January 2016 BLOG

‘Bor dai’…… It’s a phrase I’ve learnt to accept. It means ‘can not’ in Lao. It’s not that it happens all the time, but when it ...

11 December 2015 BLOG

Well folks, that’s another year done and dusted. In this, our final blog of the year, RAID would like to thank all of the excel...

04 December 2015 BLOG

We are coming to the end of a dairy development project in Pakistan investigating approaches to improve the extension system to...

27 November 2015 BLOG

Wow – seems like this year has flown by and 2016 is rapidly approaching! I’m not sure about you, but for our research tea...

13 November 2015 BLOG

Current role & organisation: Agriculture Scientist working as a consultant for ACIAR, FAO and other European donors. How di...

11 November 2015 BLOG

G’day everyone – just sharing some of the videos produced from our RAID video communication workshop earlier in the...

02 November 2015 NEWS

Firstly I would like to thanks and congratulate those that submitted their videos. Bonnie and I had a great time watching them....

31 October 2015 BLOG

Why is gender an important part of agricultural research projects In smallholder research projects it is common to use “househo...

23 October 2015 BLOG

Ever since I heard about the Black Soldier Fly Larvae (BSFL) in an aquaponics course years ago, I thought about their potential...

15 October 2015 NEWS

RAID WANTS YOUR VOTE Vote for your favourite RAID video! Recently RAID hosted a video communications workshop for its members t...

30 September 2015 BLOG

The countdown is on: one week until World Egg Day 2015! It’s not on your calendar? Before I started a PhD working with small-sc...

25 September 2015 BLOG

Lahore. A city where vast expressions of wealth dissect derelict buildings and poverty with no true line of division. Traffic, ...

18 September 2015 BLOG

Seminars and symposiums are great and something I did not take full advantage of in my undergrad. Firstly they often come with ...

03 September 2015 BLOG

Facebook used to be the main social network for the younger generation and now every farmer and their mums are using it. Litera...

28 August 2015 BLOG

Agricultural research in Cambodia When I first learned about the possibility of spending one month in Cambodia as part of a fou...

28 August 2015 BLOG

In RAIDs “10 minutes with…” series we interview experienced researchers to ask a few questions about their ca...

19 August 2015 BLOG

by Tereza Nemanic Tereza is a 4th year Bachelor of Animal Veterinary Bioscience student at The University of Sydney. As part of...

14 August 2015 BLOG

What a privilege to have just returned home from 1 month adventure in Cambodia and Lao PDR to take part in an ACIAR funded proj...

02 August 2015 BLOG

Luisa Olmo, BAnVetBioSc Honours student, University of Sydney I recently had the eye-opening experience of spending 3 weeks in ...

31 July 2015 BLOG

Good communication is key to the success of any project, but things get tricky when the people you need to communicate with are...

25 July 2015 BLOG

I have just recently returned from a month’s annual leave. It’s the first time I have taken leave or holidays that has lasted f...

10 July 2015 NEWS

Over 25 RAIDers from around Australia have participanted in a workshop on using videos to help communicate their research. Rich...

06 July 2015 NEWS

With the EOFY stress subsiding, RAID’s core management committee considered it to timely to reflect on achievements over ...

29 June 2015 BLOG

If you asked me what I was going to be doing with myself going through my undergrad at Sydney University- Bachelor of Animal an...

28 June 2015 BLOG

Last year I started my PhD at Charles Sturt University. Prior to this I worked for 3 years with the ASLP Dairy Project (an ACIA...

18 June 2015 BLOG

Too often we work in our science ‘silos’ and fail to think in a systems or even global framework. And this is harder than it so...

03 June 2015 BLOG

Name: Dr Doug Gray (interviewed by Bec McBride) Current role and organisation: Private Consultant How did you get involved? Whi...

03 June 2015 BLOG

One of the highlights of working in international agriculture is seeing the different farming systems in different countries. I...

29 May 2015 BLOG

Very occasionally, when I’m talking about upcoming travel, I get met with ‘you always go to ‘weird’ countries’ or a personal fa...

22 May 2015 BLOG

“I’m interested in international agricultural research for development, but how do I get my foot in the door?”...

14 May 2015 NEWS

 RAID is calling for expressions of interest! FREEcommunication workshop for RAID members Topic: Using new media to communicate...

29 April 2015 BLOG

RAID has a new blog series titled: “10 minutes with…” where experienced researchers are interviewed to provid...

13 April 2015 BLOG

A joy – or sometimes a hazard – of working in international development is trying local food, one of which has been ‘mato...

13 April 2015 BLOG

Two big chocolate brown eyes looked up at me from behind long dark eyelashes. This cow knew how pretty she was, and nonchalantl...

13 April 2015 BLOG

I’m sitting in a hotel room in Kupang Indonesia on a warm, sunny Sunday and writing a blog about publishing scientific research...

07 April 2015 BLOG

Almost 50% of all children in Laos are stunted. Yes, that’s right, you read correctly – 50%. That means nearly half of al...

07 April 2015 BLOG

As the name suggests, the Central Dry Zone (CDZ) doesn’t exactly have a cool climate. It’s hot. It’s like stepping into a furna...

02 April 2015 BLOG

In the past couple of months my Mum has been to visit. So as with any visitor I wanted to show her what is unique and special a...

23 March 2015 BLOG

During my final year of veterinary science I was given the opportunity to travel to Laos to carry out my public practice placem...

19 March 2015 BLOG

Photo: Vietnamese and Australian social researchers Nguyen Thi Da Thao and Lydia Turner Being involved in the ACIAR project ‘De...

13 March 2015 BLOG

Earlier in the week as I started my day, I was busy Facebooking and I noticed one of my sisters had posted something about Inte...

03 March 2015 BLOG

From the dusty van window I looked out at the passing countryside. I was hypnotized by the blur of verdant green paddies, monol...

02 March 2015 BLOG

Are you interested in applying your skills and gaining experience in agricultural development projects in Eastern Indonesia? Th...

20 February 2015 BLOG

Written By: Jessica Bogard ‘Mache bhate Bengali’ – ‘Fish and rice make a Bengali’. Situated on the deltas of three of the world...

12 February 2015 BLOG

It was one of those “what if” moments, sitting in a hostel in London reading an advertisement for a research assistant on a vil...

04 February 2015 BLOG

Tales of Taveuni, Fiji Your picture of Fiji …… idyllic sandy beaches, palm trees, blue, blue water…. and loads of tourists. Tak...

22 January 2015 BLOG

As a young vet working in clinical practice, in my first 3 years out of uni, I’d already seen change. I’d been lucky enough to ...

15 January 2015 BLOG

About 3 months ago you saw a blog from me about moments in Myanmar and I guess this is the sequel… I’m going to be writing a bl...

18 December 2014 BLOG

Ever since I did agriculture at university I wanted to make a difference in the world and on that journey I found that even tho...

11 December 2014 BLOG

August, 2013. A veterinary clinic consulting room in Sydney. An irate woman is demanding to know why her Bichon Frise no longer...

05 December 2014 BLOG

Today we celebrate World Soils Day and look forward to the International Year of Soils in 2015. Since last week’s blog you have...

28 November 2014 BLOG

It’s Friday afternoon, 5:00 pm. For the past 4 hours you’ve been sitting at your computer thinking about the moment you can fin...

21 November 2014 BLOG

One of the things you get from friends before you leave on project activities in developing countries is…. so you are off on an...

14 November 2014 BLOG

Working on international agriculture projects means travelling overseas. A lot. I’m a big fan of travelling light, and it doesn...

07 November 2014 BLOG

Australian Volunteer for International Development I am fortunate. Really fortunate. So are you by the way. Chances are we’ve a...

31 October 2014 BLOG

Working in a normal 9-5 job was never for me. You get to a point when you realise that there has to be more to life than doing ...

24 October 2014 BLOG

Six months ago I arrived in Myanmar ready for the adventure of getting a livestock research project started, not knowing what t...

16 October 2014 BLOG

My study and career path, such that it is having only been working for three years, has followed a series of chance meetings wi...

09 October 2014 BLOG

I decided I wanted to be a vet after spending a week in a clinic during year ten work experience. I watched with delight as the...

07 October 2014 BLOG

As a graduate officer at ACIAR, I have been involved in developing a project from scoping study to project inception on the des...

23 September 2014 BLOG

Back in year twelve when the biggest decision you had to make was what your university preferences were going to be, I was adam...

06 September 2014 BLOG

No small task, but this is what the Crawford Fund conference last week grappled with. I was lucky to be there as a Crawford sch...

29 August 2014 NEWS

The international development community is facing an uphill battle in attracting young scientists into the exciting world of ag...

29 August 2014 BLOG

Like many other RAIDers, my entry into R4D work came via a stint volunteering overseas. During my PhD I decided that internatio...

29 July 2014 BLOG

If you are reading this, you’ve probably just made the best decision of your life. You have taken the first step towards a more...