On 20 March 2015, Global Food Studies PhD scholar Wahida made a presentation about her research experience to Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop. Minister Bishop hosted around 80 of the ‘most senior Canberra-based foreign diplomatic corps’ in a three-day visit to South Australia. The aim of the trip was to provide an insight into opportunities that exist in South Australia.
University of Adelaide’s George Gollin Professor of Economics, Kym Anderson organised a session which addressed delegates on Australia’s agricultural research and its relationship to development and food security. Ms Wahida, was invited by Prof Anderson to share her research experience working in an ACIAR-funded collaborative project between Indonesia and Australia. Wahida’s PhD project is under supervision of Associate Professor Wendy Umberger and Professor Randy Stringer.
Wahida is a researcher at the Indonesian Centre for Agricultural Socio Economics and Policy Studies (ICASEPS). The Centre is located in Bogor, Indonesia. She received ACIAR-funded John Allwright Fellowship (JAF) to pursue her PhD study. In 2009, Wahida was awarded a prestigious John Dillon Memorial Fellowship, which gave her opportunity to attend a 6-week training program in Australia and develop network with Australia-based researchers and other Fellows.
Wahida viewed that the JAF scholarship has given her great opportunities to work with international experts in agriculture from high profile institutions such as the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the University of Adelaide, Michigan State University and some other institutions in addition to strengthening her networks in Indonesia. She believes that this networking will benefit not only the JAF fellows but also their local institution and, in general, their home country.
Wahida is now completing her PhD. We are looking forward to seeing her further contribution to agricultural research in Indonesia and wish her the very best.