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.
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.Read more about Enhancing private sector-led development of the canarium industry in PNG Phase 2
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.Read more about Landscape Analysis and Research Priorities
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.Read more about Agricultural Policy Research to Support Natural Resource Management in Indonesia’s Upland Landscapes
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.Read more about Improving milk supply, competitiveness and livelihoods in smallholder dairy chains in Indonesia
This research is now being conducted in a project "The Vietnam urban food consumption & expenditure study".Read more about A strategic approach to pro-poor market and consumer research in China and the Mekong region
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).Read more about Pacific Agribusiness Research for Development Initiative Phase 2 - PARDI 2
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.Read more about Enhancing livelihoods from improved forest management in Nepal
Increasing irrigation water productivity in Mozambique, Tanzania and Zimbabwe through on-farm monitoring, adaptive management and Agricultural Innovation Platforms
This project is about increasing irrigation water productivity and changing farmer behaviour in three south-eastern African countries.Read more about Increasing irrigation water productivity in Mozambique, Tanzania and Zimbabwe through on-farm monitoring, adaptive management and Agricultural Innovation Platforms
This project focuses on expanding markets and processing of canarium products by the private sector, linking with other TADEP Projects, and collaborating with government and non-government agencies.Read more about Enhancing private sector-led development of the canarium industry in PNG Phase 1
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.Read more about Aligning genetic resources, production and postharvest systems to market opportunities for Pacific island and Australian cocoa
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.Read more about Transforming markets for high-value agricultural commodities in Indonesia
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.Read more about Improving market engagement, postharvest management and productivity of the Cambodian and Lao PDR vegetable industries
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.Read more about Improving returns from community teak plantings in Solomon Islands
This project will explore opportunities for new value-added agroforestry products to improve livelihoods in PNG, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands.Read more about Enhancing value added products and environmental benefits from agroforestry systems in the Pacific
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.Read more about Towards more profitable and sustainable vegetable systems in north west Vietnam
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.Read more about Value chain and policy interventions to accelerate zero-till adoption across the Indo-Gangetic Plains
The project studies the dairy, meat, fish and horticulture sectors and draw on the experience of farmers in six economies.Read more about Developing smallholder inclusive food value chain models for local and global markets
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.Read more about Priority Research for Food Security and Sustainable Futures in Australia, China and the Asia-Pacific Region
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.Read more about Pacific Agribusiness Research for Development Initiative (PARDI)
The objective of this SRA (Short Research Activity) is to evaluate the impact in adoption of ACIAR interventions in cocoa in Vanuatu.Read more about Impact assessment of cocoa interventions in Vanuatu
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.Read more about adjustment policy options
This research is also exploring how the establishment of IPs can be most cost-effectively scaled up across a range of contexts.Read more about Developing value chain innovation platforms to improve food security in East and Southern Africa
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.Read more about Supporting capacity building for research on improving market integration for dairy production systems in Indonesia
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.Read more about The Vietnam urban food consumption & expenditure study