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GFAR graduate addressing food insecurity in Africa

"I currently work in the agricultural sector as a Chief Operating Officer, providing farm management and micro-insurance services for smallholder farmers in Nigeria. I couldn’t have been better prepared for the job as the Master of Global Food and Agricultural Business (GFAB) degree prepared me to work in the industry with a multisector approach, solving serious problems while turning a profit."

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Championing a more sustainable future in agriculture

Luke Andrews exemplifies the new generation of agricultural students championing a more sustainable future, with his traditional rural upbringing underpinning a new direction for the industry.

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Industry Internship: Utilising Daitum’s decision-based analytics to optimise transportation efficiencies for Foodbank

Combining the power of AI with a leading not-for profit service, Global Food and Agricultural Business student Alfi Dawson made an impact in his internship, working with leading Australian companies Daitum and Foodbank.

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New developments in ag-tech equal greater opportunities for agribusiness students

Drones, tracking software, robotics systems and blockchain technology. Sounds like something straight of out a high-tech spy lab. Who would have thought that these cutting-edge technologies were being employed by pioneers in the agribusiness industry at this very moment?

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Building commercial acumen through study opportunities with agribusiness alumni Chris Moloney

From international conferences to management lessons and insights into the local agribusiness sector, there were many highlights of the Master of Agribusiness Program for alumni Chris Moloney.

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The decline of woodland birds in the Mt Lofty Ranges

The number of woodland birds in the Mt Lofty Ranges has dropped by 45% since 2001, with 38 of 65 of monitored species in decline. In world’s best practice research conducted by GFAR’s Associate Professor Patrick O’Connor and team, analysis on 20 years of bird monitoring data provides incredibly important insights into how bird populations have been impacted by the slow degradation of woodland habitats.

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Hear how Sharleen Wang traded one career for another and found her feet in Agribusiness

The journey to an international career in trade and agribusiness was not linear for Master of Global Food and Agribusiness graduate Sharleen Wang.

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Recent Publications

Here are some of the most recent publications produced by the team at The Centre for Global Foods and Resources and our colleagues. GFAR team members are listed in bold type.

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We welcome GFAR’s newest PhD student, Louise Capel

Louise Capel has joined GFAR to undertake a PhD under the supervision of Professor Sarah Wheeler and Dr Alec Zuo. Louise studied agricultural economics at the University of Sydney before relocating to Europe where she has lived for the past 12 years.

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How Alumni Claire Adams turned her passion into a career

Alumni Claire Adams has always had an interest in agriculture and how it is integrated in business. Now working in the industry she loves, Claire reflects on her studies and experiences as part of the Master of Global Food and Agricultural Business program.

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Meet Global Food and Agricultural Business Alumni Manoj Kumar

Master of Global Food and Agricultural Business graduate Manoj Kumar, reflects on his favourite experiences whilst studying at the University of Adelaide.

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Professor Wendy Umberger - New President of the Policy Advisory Council

Professor Wendy Umberger, Executive Director of the Centre for Global Food and Resources, has been appointed as President to the Policy Advisory Council (PAC) by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator the Hon Marise Payne.

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Domestic Agribusiness Scholarships in 2021

If you are passionate about economic, political, environmental, and social issues affecting global food systems, consider a postgraduate degree in Global Food and Agricultural Business at the University of Adelaide.

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Food for thought: Olivia Pineau shares her experiences studying a Master of Global Food and Agribusiness

Food sustainability. Bio security. Water theft. These are the pressing global issues which led University of Adelaide student Olivia Pineau, to pursue her passion and undertake a Master’s degree in Global Food and Agribusiness.  

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Recent publications

Here are some of the most recent publications produced by the team at The Centre for Global Foods and Resources (GFAR) and our colleagues.

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Welcome Germán and Chitpasong, GFAR’s two newest PhD students

GFAR welcomes its two newest PhD students Germán Puga, originally from Argentina, and Chitpasong Kousonsavath from Laos PDR.

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Aren’t we in a drought? The Australian black coal industry uses enough water for over 5 million people

Water is a highly contested resource in this long, oppressive drought, and the coal industry is one of Australia’s biggest water users. Research released today, funded by the Australian Conservation Foundation, has identified how much water coal mining and coal-fired power stations actually use in New South Wales and Queensland. The answer? About 383 billion litres of fresh water every year.

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Highlights from the 2020 AARES conference

Nikki Dumbrell shares highlights from the Australasian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society Conference held in Perth last week.

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PhD scholarship available

Are you interested in looking at water issues in the Murray-Darling Basin, Australia? We’re looking for a motivated student who wants to be part of an Australian Research Council Discovery Project starting in 2020 exploring the impacts of water recovery in the Murray-Darling Basin.

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Cocoa cruising to success

GFAR’s cocoa research project in Vanuatu celebrated a major achievement this week with products entering a new high-value market.

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Getting the #nextgen into international agricultural research for development

Following a presentation to high school teachers about opportunities for the next generation to fight poverty and malnutrition around the globe, Nikki Dumbrell shares her key messages in this blog.

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Update on our agribusiness-flavoured MOOC

‘Understanding Agribusiness, Value Chains and Consumers in Global Food Systems’ is an free online course developed by staff at GFAR. This week, the course won Executive Dean Award for '21st Century Learning and Teaching'! 

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Participation in the Second Authors Meeting of IPBES Values Assessment

In October, Sacha Amaruzaman, a PhD Candidate in the Centre for Global Food and Resources (GFAR) and Fellow in the IPBES Assessment on the Multiple Values of Nature, participated in the Second Authors Meeting of the assessment.

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IndoDairy project researchers in Australia

This week Indonesian researchers are joining the Northern Australia Dairy Innovation Days and touring the subtropical dairy industry.

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Fafa Yan is visiting GFAR

Introducing our new visiting PhD student, Fafa Yan.

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