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Strengthening small-scale agricultural exports to China: Evaluation of two innovative marketing channels
China is Australia’s top market for agricultural exports, yet benefits to small exporters have been limited. This project explores two innovative marketing channels to help small exporters: agritourism and corporate gifting. It will rigorously evaluate the potential impacts of agritourism and corporate gifting on small-scale exports to China, and the effectiveness of established and emerging Chinese e-commerce platforms facilitating these exports.
Research under the ACIAR/TADEP project FST/2014/099 (Phase 1) has piloted semi-commercial processing of galip products and has already given over 1000 smallholder farmers in East New Britain access to new markets. The project has also supported small-scale female entrepreneurs to make their own value-added canarium products. There is great potential for galip processing to scale out to other areas such as Bougainville, New Ireland, Sepik and Madang.
Developing the domestic dairy industry is seen as a priority for the Philippines Government. A request to the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) by the Philippines Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD) initiated the development of this Small Research Activity (SRA) proposal to undertake a scoping exercise and landscape analysis of the dairy industry.
The aim of the project is to understand household and the broader community’s in-house waste behaviours in order to deliver targeted education, behaviour change and incentive-based programs.
This research seeks to increase understanding of Australian chicken meat consumption trends and preferences. This is critical for the development of effective industry and policy strategies for reducing barriers and growing consumer demand for chicken meat in Australia’s changing meat consumption climate, and for creating opportunities for the domestic industry.
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.
The Future Fuels CRC aims to develop solutions for current infrastructure and equipment to use low carbon fuels today and well into the future.
Efficient participatory irrigation institutions to support productive and sustainable agriculture in South Asia
This project focusses on irrigation in Bihar and Assam, east India, and Sindh and Punjab provinces, Pakistan. The project aims to improve the analytical skills and understanding of policy makers and irrigation officials, specifically as they relate to PIM/IMT.
This research project aims to use such evidence to examine how the national benefits from returning water to the environment in Australia’s MDB could be optimised.
A major focus for this mobile lab is on decision-making in local contexts.