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The University of Adelaide Distinguished Alumni Awards ceremony was held on 24th November 2017 at the National Wine Centre. The annual University of Adelaide Distinguished Alumni Awards, which started in 1991, recognizes graduates of the University of Adelaide whose accomplishments have had a significant impact on communities locally and globally.

The Centre for Global Food and Resources congratulates the Agribusiness Advisory Board Chair, John Crosby, who was named as one of the recipients of this award in 2017. This award is in recognition of John’s advocacy for farmers and the Australian farming industry. John is an innovative farmer and an active mentor for many aspiring producers, researchers and professionals in agribusiness.

John has had a long association with the University of Adelaide starting in 1968 when he enrolled in the Diploma of Agriculture at the Roseworthy Campus. In a career spanning more than four decades John has headed multiple agribusinesses and industry associations like Meat Authority in New South Wales and Elders.

John has been the Chair of GFAR Agribusiness Advisory Board since its inception in 2014. As the Chair of the Agribusiness Advisory Board, along with his guidance and leadership on various agribusiness issues John works closely with the Centre in ensuring that the program outcomes of the two postgraduate programs of GFAR align with the skill requirement of the ever demanding agribusiness sector in Australian and international markets.

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The Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) hosted the ‘North-West Vietnam Research Symposium’ in Hanoi last week. The symposium was attended by over 300 participants from Vietnamese and Australian institutions. The symposium was a showcase of ACIAR-funded research in north-west Vietnam.

Nikki Dumbrell, Anh Duc Nguyen, Prof Wendy Umberger and Thinh Nhu Le (Fruit and Vegetable Research Institute, Vietnam) with their posters at the symposium.

Nikki Dumbrell, Anh Duc Nguyen, Prof Wendy Umberger and Thinh Nhu Le (Fruit and Vegetable Research Institute, Vietnam) with their posters at the symposium.

The north-west Vietnam region is mountainous, inhabited by communities of ethnic minorities, and unfortunately, well-known for relatively high rates of poverty. For example, it is estimated that approximately 40% of people in Lao Cai Province live below the poverty line.

GFAR leads two research projects in and of relevance to north-west Vietnam. You can read more about them here: (1) Towards more profitable and sustainable vegetable systems in north western Vietnam; (2) The Vietnam urban food expenditure and consumption study. Researchers involved in these projects – Professor Wendy Umberger, Dr Dale Yi, Anh Duc Nguyen and Nikki Dumbrell – were at the symposium to share research findings and discuss implications for development in the region.

NW Viet Symp WUThere was much interest in GFAR’s comprehensive food expenditure and consumption study conducted across Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Lao Cai City and Son La City.

This study obtained information about household consumption patterns, expenditure on foods, ascertaining the relative importance and value of varieties, attributes and information (e.g. provenance or safety certification), diet quality and characteristics of market segments, which may offer profitable and sustainable opportunities for smallholders producing foods such as beef, fruit and vegetable products.

The findings are being shared with ACIAR partner projects working to develop sustainable and profitable fruit, vegetable and beef industries in north-west Vietnam. For more information on the study please follow our factsheet series available on our project website.

NW Viet Symp NDThe vegetable research project “Towards more profitable and sustainable vegetable systems in north western Vietnam”, led by GFAR, was able to share findings from more than 3 years of work.

In particular, the project research has found two market access models that are successfully linking smallholders with high-end markets in Lao Cai Province – cooperatives and what the project team refer to as collector-coordinated chains.

The collector-coordinated chains are characterised by a market intermediary coordinating transactions between a number of smallholder producers and high-end markets in Lao Cai Province. Many of the high-end markets in Lao Cai Province are relatively new and have grown from increasing tourism in the region, especially in the popular Sa Pa District.

Left: Dr Dale Yi gave an overview of smallholder participation in vegetable value-chains in north-west Vietnam. Right: Anh Duc Nguyen, a PhD student with GFAR and Lecturer at the Vietnam National University of Agriculture (VNUA) presented a poster “Concerns and valuations of food quality and food safety in urban Vietnam”.

Left: Dr Dale Yi gave an overview of smallholder participation in vegetable value-chains in north-west Vietnam. Right: Anh Duc Nguyen, a PhD student with GFAR and Lecturer at the Vietnam National University of Agriculture (VNUA) presented a poster “Concerns and valuations of food quality and food safety in urban Vietnam”.

Blog post prepared by Nikki Dumbrell

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It is twenty-five years since the Union of Concerned Scientists and more than 1700 independent scientists issued the 1992 “World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity”. The warning brought together evidence of human impact on the natural world and cautioned that fundamental changes were needed to prevent catastrophic consequences from the depletion and despoiling of the Earth’s resources.

This week a second notice from world scientists has been issued in the journal BioScience, demonstrating the further decline in resource availability and quality and highlighting that humanity has failed to make sufficient progress in dealing with recognised environmental challenges.

With the exception of stabilizing the stratospheric ozone layer, twenty-five years has seen humanity allow further damage through freshwater availability depletion, marine life depletion, ocean dead zones, forest loss, biodiversity destruction, climate change, and continued human population growth.

The warning is a call for sustainability transitions through multiple pathways to change environmental policy, human behaviour, and global inequities.

Blog post prepared by GFAR’s Dr Patrick O’Connor, one of the 15,364 scientist signatories from 184 countries.

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The Centre for Global Food and Resources (GFAR) has been producing young leaders in agriculture ever since our Masters program was introduced. In this week’s blog we want to celebrate one such young leader who has gone from strength to strength in his career in international agriculture development. Raghavan is a graduate of our Masters […]

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The recent round for the University of Adelaide Interdisciplinary Research Fund for 2018 was announced last week (Oct 12), and the Centre for Global Food and Resources (GFAR) had considerable success. Our Centre had a 50% acceptance rate for projects that included our staff, which was considerably higher than the 11% average acceptance rate for […]

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Ensuring value chains are sustainable in the long term is an important aspect of modern agribusiness management. Along with ever changing market dynamics to the challenges posed by climate change issues, modern agribusinesses have a lot to deal with on a day-to-day basis. The Centre for Global Food and Resources (GFAR) hosted academics from University […]

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Talk is often cheap. But when it comes to our food choices, its value is seemingly in free-fall. Professor Wendy Umberger, Executive Director, Centre for Global Food and Resources at the University of Adelaide recent research reveals a vast gulf between what we say we want to eat, and what we actually buy. Around a […]

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Prof Wendy Umberger, Executive Director of the Centre for Global Food and Resources, was an invited speaker at The Economist’s Innovation as Competition: Australia’s Asian Future Summit 2017, held in Sydney on the 1st of September. The summit was attended by policymakers, leaders in regional and Australian business, academics and pioneering entrepreneurs, and included a […]

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Members of our Centre often provide policy advice to politicians. The last couple of months has been busier than usual. Firstly, on 26th July Tony Burke (the shadow Federal Minister for the Arts, for Environment and Water, and for Citizenship and Multicultural Australia) requested to visit GFAR for a research briefing. Professor Wendy Umberger provided […]

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In the final 2017 AAEA blog post, we hear about some of the pre- and post-conference workshops and meetings attended by Dr Daniel Gregg and Professor Wendy Umberger. Dr Gregg took part in the computational methods and experimental economics workshops held immediately before and after the conference. The computational methods workshop provided insights into analysing […]

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