• Female farmer using a two-wheeled tractor (photo credit L Ogutu, AIFSRC)
    Monday, 3 November 2014

    Although mechanisation has the potential to close the gender gap in agriculture, past efforts based on large four-wheel tractors have generally led to inequitable access to mechanisation, favoring wealthier farmers, and have often widened the gender gap.

  • Attendees at the Australia-Africa Plant Biosecurity Partnership Prioritisation Workshop 27-28 Oct 2014
    Wednesday, 29 October 2014


    29 October 2014

    A cadre of ‘change champions’ are to be trained to improve plant biosecurity in ten east and southern African countries.

  • Family farmer livelihoods have been strenghened by the Newcastle disease vaccine. (Photo: R Alders)
    Thursday, 16 October 2014

    Happy World Food Day 2014! This year’s theme is Family Farming: Feeding the world, caring for the earth. Today we are celebrating the important role of family farmers around the world who feed their families, communities and us. They play a vital role in global food security, yet it is farming families who are often on the front lines of hunger.

  • A woman farmer telling researchers about her maize crop during an Adoption Pathways field visit. Photo credit: L Ogutu AIFSRC
    Tuesday, 14 October 2014

    The Adoption Pathways project is focused on understanding how smallholder farmers make decisions about adopting Sustainable Agricultural Intensification (SAI) practices. The project team have been sharing some of their successes through a recent media visit in Eastern Kenya.

  • Friday, 12 September 2014

    To boost publication in international peer-reviewed journals by researchers working in the African NARS, BecA-ILRI Hub holds annual writing workshops.  The objective of these workshops is to strengthen the scientific writing skills of participants, so they are able to successfully publish their research findings.

  • Assoc Prof Alders and Mellissa Wood with poultry farmer
    Friday, 29 August 2014

    AIFSRC warmly congratulations Assoc. Prof Robyn Alders for receiving the 2014 Crawford Fund Medal, in recognition of her outstanding contribution to food security and childhood nutrition. Assoc. Prof Alders has worked with smallholder farmers for over 20 years, predominately focusing on tackling Newcastle disease in village poultry in Africa and Asia.  

  • Emma and Mellissa skype with Domremy College students
    Wednesday, 20 August 2014

    How can studying science help feed the world? AIFSRC Staff Mellissa Wood and Emma Zalcman joined year 9, 10 and 11 students from Domremy College in Sydney via Skype to discuss how the work of AIFSRC is helping to improve food security for some of the world’s poorest people.  Students have recently been learning about global food production and distribution and were interested to know more about how Australian scientific expertise is helping to address food insecurity in Africa and elsewhere.

  • July Newsletter Banner
    Tuesday, 29 July 2014

    The AIFSRC has just released the July newsletter. This edition is bursting with news on the launch of the new Alliance for Agricultural R&D for Food Security and the launch of the Centre’s Biosecurity Capacity Building Initiative, as well multiple stories from our projects and partners.

    Read the July newsletter.

  • Mango is an important domestic and export crop in Kenya and Tanzania that is vulnerable to attack by pests and diseases
    Friday, 18 July 2014

    Speaking on ACIAR’s biosecurity research program in Melbourne on 18 July 2014, ACIAR CEO Dr Nick Austin announced AIFSRC’s two-year Plant Biosecurity Capacity Development Initiative will be delivered by a consortium led by Australia’s Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre and including CSIRO, the Crawford Fund and CABI International. The new program to build skills in plant biosecurity in eastern Africa will help address signific

  • Friday, 20 June 2014

    CIMMYT and Kenya’s Egerton University have agreed to strengthen their research collaboration, policy formulation and data sharing and to engage more graduate students in data analysis as part of the Adoption Pathways (AP) project. “This will accelerate the use of data sets to quickly produce products,” said Menale Kassie, CIMMYT socioeconomist, who is also the AP project leader.


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