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ACIAR welcomes two graduate officers---Ms Keshia Hilliam and Mr Brendan
Brown. The graduates will be with us for a 12-month development and
work experience opportunity. The graduates rotate between the research
programs having approximately three to four months experience in each
program area working on the delivery of ACIAR's programs.
Keshia Hilliam Bachelor of Animal Science (Hons), Murdoch University:
Whilst studying, Keshia worked on a
number of cattle and sheep properties
assisting with management of animal
health and nutrition. During her
degree she studied pasture and soil
management, animal anatomy and
physiology, parasitology, animal
nutrition, animal disease and control,
animal welfare, statistical analysis
and agricultural economics. She has
also gained work experience on different production farming properties
including beef, sheep, diary and pig production systems. Her interests
include equestrian sports and agriculture.
Brendan Brown Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (Hons), University of
Brendan has a thirst for international
development and this is evidenced
by his overseas travels and periods
of volunteer work in developing
countries. Brendan has studied soil
science, agribusiness management,
agronomy and plant physiology.
He has diverse work experiences
from farmhand to contributing to
a permaculture project in a small
rural village in western Tanzania.
His interests include cricket, rugby,
surfing and golf and keeping updated on international developments in the
field of agriculture.
MOVERS AND ...
Lisa Wright, director corporate, has
taken a new position at AusAID
as the Assistant Director General,
Communications and Media.
Applications for the corporate director
position closed in early February with
Dave Shearer acting in the position
until a permanent appointment is
made. The position of Lisa's executive
assistant was also vacated with her
ACIAR program managers undertake a hefty travel schedule, with partner
visits, project reviews and in-country consultations. We'll report on some of
the highlights of trip visits in the next few issues of Partners.
Chris Barlow, ACIAR's Fisheries research program manager, returned
from Vietnam in early March. He was accompanied by ACIAR principal
regional coordinator for the Mekong, Gamini Keerthisinghe, and ACIAR
Fisheries program consultant Geoff Allan. The main purpose was to attend
a workshop. Among other outcomes from the workshop, new fisheries
priorities for ACIAR Fisheries program in Vietnam were established. The
nimproved hatchery practices and molecular biology techniques
ncost-effective feeds and feeding strategies
nimproved understanding and management of aquatic animal health
nprofitable and environmentally responsible grow-out technologies.
In late February, Richard Markham (ACIAR's Pacific Crops research
program manager) travelled through Fiji and Vanuatu. He checked on the
progress of several projects and investigated participation opportunities
in new proposals. He reported that in relation to project PC/2008/003
Strengthening the Fiji Papaya industry through applied research and
information dissemination, the first shipment of Fijian papaya by sea to New
Zealand is scheduled for early March. In Vanuatu, Richard attended the
launch of PC/2008/046 Rehabilitating cocoa for improved livelihoods in the
ACIAR's Forestry program manager, Tony Bartlett, travelled to Laos and
Indonesia in January. Tony reported that both ACIAR's forestry projects in
Laos are very well regarded and while some good progress has been made,
there is still much to do in the plantation forestry sector. The Secretary
General of the Indonesian Ministry of Forestry expressed his thanks for
the close cooperation with ACIAR, and indicated the importance of the
forest sector to Indonesia and therefore the need for strong scientific
collaboration and research capacity building to address the key priorities.
The Indonesian project partners expressed particular support for the
ongoing postgraduate study program and the long-term benefits
that it brings.
Earlier in January, ACIAR's program manager for Horticulture, Les Baxter,
travelled to Bhutan to attend an external review of HORT/2005/142
Improving mandarin production in Bhutan and Australia through the
implementation of on-farm best management practices. He met with Bhutan
stakeholders to discuss horticultural sector priorities, associated projects
being implemented and planned by other donor agencies, and a potential
follow-on project for mandarin production.
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