International Development

We work on international development projects in Africa, the Pacific, India and Southeast Asia including Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia and Lao PDR. Within these contexts our research is designed to:

  • Improve food and nutrition security and reduce poverty.
  • Understand implications of changing farming systems.
  • Facilitate technology adoption and behaviour change.
  • Increase net farm incomes.
  • Empower women.
  • Use Participatory Action Research.

Active projects

Agricultural Policy Research to Support Natural Resource Management in Indonesia’s Upland Landscapes

This project’s research activities provide an understanding of how existing national and local policies (e.g., public investments, property rights, extension, fertiliser and water subsidies, trade policies, and taxes) influence farm household decisions that result in these environmental externalities.

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Improving milk supply, competitiveness and livelihoods in smallholder dairy chains in Indonesia

The overall project goal is to increase milk supply (quantity and quality) by 25% by 2020 of at least 3000 dairy producers in West Java and Northern Sumatra.

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Towards more profitable and sustainable vegetable systems in north west Vietnam

The overall objective of this project is to enhance the profitability and sustainability of smallholder vegetable farmers in north western Vietnam through improved market engagement and integrated resource and farm management practices. 

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Pacific Agribusiness Research for Development Initiative Phase 2 - PARDI 2

PARDI 2 is funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) and has a geographical focus on Fiji, Vanuatu and Tonga (with extension to Kiribati, Samoa and Solomon Islands).

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Enhancing livelihoods from improved forest management in Nepal

This project builds on the success and lessons of the 5-y project FST/2011/076, Enhancing livelihoods and food security from agroforestry and community forestry in Nepal, also known as the EnLiFT project.

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Aligning genetic resources, production and postharvest systems to market opportunities for Pacific island and Australian cocoa

This project will build on past work by adopting a “whole of chain” approach, focused on specific market needs and opportunities: evaluating and disseminating appropriate genetic resources, raising agronomic productivity, and developing and encouraging the uptake of best practice in fermentation and drying to optimise cocoa quality.

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Transforming markets for high-value agricultural commodities in Indonesia

The overall aim of this project is to more effectively promote the growth and development of Indonesia's fresh fruit and vegetable value chains, focusing specifically on ways smallholders and rural communities can participate and benefit.

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Improving market engagement, postharvest management and productivity of the Cambodian and Lao PDR vegetable industries

The overall objective of this project is to develop innovative production and supply chain systems that enable the vegetable industry to meet year round consumer demand for vegetables in Cambodia and Lao PDR.

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Improving returns from community teak plantings in Solomon Islands

The project aims to develop a practical model suited to Small Island States that enables existing small scale teak plantations to be utilised and provide growers with good returns. 

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Enhancing value added products and environmental benefits from agroforestry systems in the Pacific

This project will explore opportunities for new value-added agroforestry products to improve livelihoods in PNG, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands.

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The Vietnam urban food consumption & expenditure study

The primary aim of this project is to address a number of knowledge and data gaps with a focus on understanding changing consumption patterns in the large and rapidly emerging urban areas in Vietnam.

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Completed projects

Value chain and policy interventions to accelerate zero-till adoption across the Indo-Gangetic Plains

This project is aimed at accelerating the adoption of ZT seed drills (including the Australian-Indian designed Happy Seeder) to reduce crop residue burning and boost sustainable food energy water security across the Gangetic Plains of northern India.

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Developing smallholder inclusive food value chain models for local and global markets

The project studies the dairy, meat, fish and horticulture sectors and draw on the experience of farmers in six economies.

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Asian Food in Transition: Priority Research for Food Security and Sustainable Futures in Australia, China and the Asia-Pacific Region

The Group Mission successfully identified a range of critical challenges and impacts facing China, and connected the need to understand and inform debate regarding how China's responses to these will affect Australia, the region (including developing countries) and global markets.

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Pacific Agribusiness Research for Development Initiative (PARDI)

The PARDI research program sought to promote sustainable livelihood outcomes for South Pacific households. The project involved collaborative teams of researchers from NGOs, government agencies, universities and private enterprises.

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Impact assessment of cocoa interventions in Vanuatu

The objective of this SRA (Short Research Activity) is to evaluate the impact in adoption of ACIAR interventions in cocoa in Vanuatu.

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Assessing farmer responses to climate change: adjustment policy options

The aim of this work was to design policy to mitigate the cost of adjustment by farmers to climate change and thereby to improve their livelihood. 

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Supporting capacity building for research on improving market integration for dairy production systems in Indonesia

The project provided research training, mentoring and experience for Indonesian researchers enhancing their ability to undertake dairy value-chain analysis, farm household survey and farm production systems analysis in Indonesia.

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