• The Hon Bob Carr, Minister for Foreign Affairs, announcing the new fund at the opening of the forum. Photo M Gyles ACIAR
    Wednesday, 5 December 2012

    A strategic partnership between the newly-launched Australian International Food Security Centre and Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) was announced on Friday 30 November to improve food security in sub-Saharan Africa.

    Senator The Hon Bob Carr, Minister for Foreign Affairs, made the announcement at the opening of the international forum, “Food Security in Africa: Bridging Research and Practise”. He also launched the Australian International Food Security Centre (AIFSC).

  • Tuesday, 4 December 2012

    The AIFSC November Newsletter is hot off the press!

    We’ve trialled a new format using mailchimp. You can view the newsletter in your browser (best option) or as a pdf.

    We are interested in your thoughts on the new format- please send us your feedback.

  • Mr Madai, his wife and father. (Photo Credit: M Young KYEEMA)
    Thursday, 22 November 2012

    Two decades ago, ACIAR and AusAID funded research into developing and using thermotolerant vaccines to protect poultry against Newcastle disease (ND). The ND (I-2) vaccine has been rolled out in many countries around the world. This work has delivered exceptionally high socio-economic returns and outcomes on the ground.

    The KYEEMA Foundation has provided a series of stories about Tanzanian poultry farmers and the positive ways the vaccine has impacted their lives.

  • Healthy maize
    Thursday, 8 November 2012

    The results of a 12 year study in Zambia and Malawi have found that growing leguminous trees on maize farms can boost and stabilise maize yields.

    This study is informing the AIFSC’s Trees for Food Security project which is providing scientific advice to inform the national tree planting programs in Ethiopia and Rwanda. The project will also scale out to Burundi and Uganda.

  • People in market cooking maize
    Tuesday, 16 October 2012

    The Australian International Food Security Centre (AIFSC) is excited to be celebrating World Food Day 2012. This year, agricultural cooperatives are the focus of World Food Day, highlighting the role of cooperatives in improving food security and contributing to the eradication of hunger.

    Read the blog post by Mellissa Wood.


  • Tuesday, 9 October 2012

    Foreign Minister Bob Carr announced the establishment of a new office for the Australian International Food Security Centre (AIFSC) in Nairobi, Kenya. Senator Carr welcomed the implementation of the Centre’s first research projects to further food security in Africa.

    The Australian International Food Security Centre will play a critical long-term role in helping Africa reach its potential to feed a continent of one billion people.

  • Kofi Annan at AGRA forum. Photo: AGRA
    Thursday, 27 September 2012

    Food security was a major focus of the recent Africa Green Revolution Alliance (AGRA) forum which Mellissa Wood and new AIFSC Liaison Officer Liz Ogutu attended. The focus of the forum, said chairman of AGRA Kofi Annan, is to push on past a tipping point in scaling up the transformation of African agriculture.

  • Attendees at Dublin II. Photo CGIAR
    Wednesday, 19 September 2012

    Just over a year ago, CGIAR, the Comprehensive Africa Agricultural Development Programme (CAADP), and its development partners agreed to align their priorities and programs in Africa.

  • Ambassador to Ethiopia Ms Lisa Filipetto and the Adoption Pathways team Photo: T Mallawaarachchi ABARES
    Saturday, 15 September 2012

    Bronnie Anderson-Smith (AIFSC) and John Dixon (ACIAR) attended the first planning and inception meeting of the Adoption Pathways project (‘Identifying socioeconomic constraints to and incentives for faster technology adoption: Pathways to sustainable intensification in eastern and southern Africa’), which took place at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) campus in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, during 13-15 September 2012.

  • Nutrition workshop attendees. Photo: AIFSC
    Wednesday, 12 September 2012

    On 10-11 September the AIFSC and ILRI co-hosted a workshop to plan the nutrition research elements of the AIFSC’s Food Nutrition and Safety program. The expert panel defined research priorities for Australian investments in the sphere of food and nutritional security in Sub-Saharan Africa.


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