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Geoff Morris ACIAR CIAT Asia meeting

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  • 1. ACIAR’s 2014-2018 strategic plan • Launched earlier this week. • Responds to the Independent review completed in 2013 • Approved by new Government, confirms ACIAR’s independence • We will maintain our core mandate of producing excellent research, and work through others to achieve up-scaling and broader development.
  • 2. Where will ACIAR focus • Asia and the Pacific • Avoid proliferation of small projects in nontraditional countries • Other areas in support of foreign policy objectives • Explore opportunities with emerging economies, (China, Brazil, India) • Food Security Centre will remain focused on Africa (South and East)
  • 3. 30% multilateral (CG centres) 70% Bilateral country programs 2013-2014 Budget 118M Table 1: ACIAR’s relative investments in bilateral research across the five target regions of the aid program • Region % (2014) Target % (2018) • Pacific (incl. PNG) 14 20 • East Asia 41 45 • South and West Asia 17 15 • Sub-Saharan Africa 21 15 • Middle East and North Africa 7 5 • Totals 100 100
  • 4. East Asia Cambodia China Indonesia Lao Myanmar Phillippines Thailand Timor-Leste Vietnam 4.20 0.80 9.0* 5.20 3.30* 4.50 0.3 5.5* 5.00
  • 5. We will focus on impact pathways, particularly the role of women and, through partnerships with next and end users • We will continue to ensure that the improvement of adoption rates is an ethos for our research and will facilitate this in various ways; for example, by adopting a more multidisciplinary approach to projects, involving businesses and non-government organisations in the design of projects and the implementation of project outcomes, and partnering with CGIAR Centres
  • 6. Organisational Structure Nick Austin CEO Peter Horne General Manager Country Programs Bilateral Program Strategy and Budget All Country and Regional Offices • Vietnam • Laos • Phillippines • Indonesia • China • PNG • South Asia Delhi • Africa - Nairobi Melissa Wood General Manager Global Programs AIFSRC CG Centres G20 ASEAN FAO Research Program Managers Agribusiness – Rodd Dyer Ag Policy – Ejaz Qureshi Ag Systems Caroline Lermerle Horticulture – Les Baxter Pacific Crops – Richard Markham Crop Sys Economics – John Dixon Crop Improv – Eric Huttner Forestry – Tony Bartlett Land and Water – Evan Christen Soil Mgt Crop Nutrition – Vacant Animal Health – Mike Nunn Livestock Production – Vacant Fisheries – Chris Barlow Impact Assess. – Andrew Alford Dave Shearer Corporate Comms Finance Legal IT HR Govt. liaison
  • 7. Vietnam Program • $5M per year • Regional focus – North West Highlands – South central coast – Mekong Delta • Program Areas – Forestry, Fisheries, Livestock, Agribusiness, Soil Management and Crop Nutrition, Agricultural Policy
  • 8. North West Region • LPS : Beef cattle production in highland areas of Son La and Dien Bien (led by the National Institute of Animal Husbandry and involving Thai Nguyen University) • AGB: Temperate vegetable production in Lao Cai, and linking producer groups to retailers in Hanoi (Led by the Vietnamese Women’s Union) • AGB: Vegetable production in Moc Chau, Son La and links to Hanoi retailers (led by NOMAFSI) • AGB: Temperate fruit in the North West mountains (future project to commence July 2014) (led by the Fruit and Vegetable Research Institute) • FST: Agroforestry systems in Son La, Dien Bien and Yen Bai (led by ICRAF with participation from NOMAFSI, Tay Bac University and Vietnam Academy of Forest Sciences)
  • 9. South Central Coast • SMCN; Soil and Water management on lowland dry coastal region. (ASISOV, Hue University, IAS, Nong Lam) • LPS; Beef cattle production in Binh Dinh and Dak Lak. (Hue University, NIAS, Tay Nguyen University)
  • 10. Mekong Delta • SMCN : CLUES: Climate Change Adaptation in Rice Cropping Systems in the Mekong Delta (Can Tho University, CLRRI, SIWRP, IAS) • SMCN/FIS : Climate Change Adaptation in Rice-Shrimp System (RIA2, CLRRI, Can Tho University)
  • 11. Other • • • • Agricultural Policy projects with IPSARD Fisheries Projects Forestry projects Regional Livestock biosecurity • • • • Cassava Study SRA China Markets SRA Regional Beef Trade SRA Tropical fruit in the Mekong Delta SRA
  • 12. Priority setting - Consultations • • • • North West – 2008 (large 50+ people) South Central Coast – 2008 (large 50+ people) Fisheries – 2010 Forestry – 2013 • Future based on more targeted one on one and small group consultations with a range of stakeholders, with endorsement from senior Govt. officials
  • 13. Likely near term projects • Funding likely to remain the same. • Continue to work in the North West, on sloping lands; possibility to include Lao • Significant agribusiness program now being established, and likely lots of linkages, information to be followed through; critical mass on market information, need for further studies
  • 14. Likely near term projects • Larger multi partner projects; • Seeking investment from GOV. • Stronger connections with other research , either done through CRP’s, National Government • Regional; particularly trade
  • 15. Partnerships • Strong established partnership with many research institutes • However struggle for continuity, capacity (incentives for researchers); how to reward local scientists • Little engagement with large multilateral programs supported by WGB, ADB, IFAD • See a growing potential to partner with NGO’s, both international and local • Partnerships with Provincial authorities
  • 16. Research needs • Capacity building • Improving quality and price; knowledge and links to markets • Food safety; Quality management systems; understanding incentive to participate • Soil degradation – sustainability • Market information • Post-harvest management and processing • Pest and disease management