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Prof. Young hopes that this water sharing paper will inspire a new dialogue and start a search for robust water-sharing arrangements that will withstand the test of time. In some areas, a few policy tweaks may be all that is necessary. In other areas, a major rethink may be necessary.
Congratulations to Associate Professor Patrick O’Connor for being elected as Chair of the National Landcare Network (NLN). NLN is the representative body for Landcare groups across Australia and works to provide national representation for Landcare and other community groups working to protect Australia’s lands and waters.
Australian environmental investment needs to up its game. The total expenditures need to expand to the scale of the problem and the mechanisms of investment need to engage much more of the population and economy in making a difference.
According to reports from World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) 2.1 billion people live without safe water at home and globally, 80% of the people who have to use unsafe and unprotected water resources live in rural areas. The theme for this year’s World Water Day is ‘Leaving no one behind’ which is underpinned by the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6: ‘Water for all by 2030’.
On this day we take a moment to reflect on the integral role women across the world play in agriculture not only as leading innovators but also as hard working farmers, operating family farms and contributing to their family and community’s development, well-being, nutrition and education.
Members of the South Australian Parliament have established a bi-partisan Friends of Landcare group as part of celebrations for the 20-year anniversary of the Landcare Association of South Australia (LASA). Thirty members of parliament and representatives of the landcare movement in South Australia shared dinner at Parliament House on 26th February to discuss the ethic and achievements of landcare in South Australia.
Delegates from Institut Pertanian Bogor Indonesia (IPB University) recently visited the University of Adelaide. The delegation consisted of Dr. Arif Satria, SP, M.Si (Rector), Prof. Dr. Ir. Iskandar Zulkarnaen Siregar, M.For.Sc. (Director of International Program) Dr.Ir. Arief Daryanto, M.Ec (Dean of Vocational College), Dr. Ir. R. Nunung Nuryartono, M.Si (Dean of Faculty of Economics and Management). During the visit, the delegates met with the University of Adelaide board to discuss future international collaboration between the two universities. They also had a chance to visit the Waite Campus to witness some of the state of the art facilities in agricultural sciences and smart farming technologies.
The IndoDairy project is a research collaboration between Australian and Indonesian research agencies aiming to contribute to increasing milk supply (quantity and quality) by 25% by 2020 for at least 3,000 dairy producers in the geographic locations of West Java and North Sumatra: an ambitious target, but one the project, led by the Centre for Global Food and Resources (CGFAR), is using to help guide its activities. And with less than 18 months to left, the project is heading towards the ‘end game’.