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From the Food Security Forum 2014: Good food, good health: delivering the benefits of food
security in Australia and beyond - 17 March 2014

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  • 1. Doing Well by Doing Good Helen Scott-Orr Lester W. Burgess The Crawford Fund
  • 2. The Crawford Fund Philosophy • Agricultural capacity building and research are key factors in alleviating rural poverty and fostering economic progress. • The Fund promotes and supports international programs designed to achieve these outcomes
  • 3. Public Awareness Programs • Annual Parliamentary Conference • Key reports commissioned • Crawford Fund Awards, Fellowships, Medals • Selected conference support • Media relations - http://www.crawfordfund.org
  • 4. Capacity Building Activities • Workshops In-Country • Master Classes In-Country or In-Australia • Individual training in Australia • Mentoring at all levels – a continuing program • Long-term capacity building through partnerships with ACIAR, Australian Volunteers for International Development, NGO’S, and Australian companies
  • 5. Cattle/Buffalo Workshop Lao PDR
  • 6. Doing Well by Doing Good • Agricultural aid brings mutual benefits • Increasing small-holder productivity reduces rural poverty • Increasing productivity enhances education, health and trade prospects
  • 7. Doing Well by Doing Good Key Benefits for Australian Agriculture: • Learning opportunities for Australian researchers, farmers, volunteers – expanding horizons • Investment and trade opportunities • Access to wider genetic diversity in crops and livestock • Enhancing biosecurity through pre-border research on exotic diseases
  • 8. Why should we enhance border security?
  • 9. Foot and Mouth Disease preparedness in Indonesia FMD is highly infectious, causes massive losses in cattle, sheep and pigs. FMD freedom underpins market access for Australia’s $19 Bill. livestock industries. Indonesia eradicated FMD in the 1980s with Australian help. Menaced by possible re- introduction from other Asian countries. Development of a comprehensive Indovetplan is underway. Study tours and leadership training for government vets build capability. NSW Crawford Fund Parliamentary Forum March 2014 FMD virus pools distribution, 2010-13 Simulation exercises build local awareness
  • 10. Anthrax in Indonesia’s Eastern Islands Anthrax outbreaks cause livestock and human deaths. Spores stay in the ground for >100 years. Annual vaccination of livestock is needed. NSW Crawford Fund Parliamentary Forum March 2014 Lombok Sumbawa Flores Sumba West Timor 7 vets did Masters on risk factors and control strategies for anthrax. 3 Indonesian vets learnt safer anthrax diagnostic methods at NSW DPI’s Camden veterinary lab, becoming trainers back home to phase out dangerous culture. X
  • 11. Why should we enhance border security? • Australia remains free of a wide range of devastating crop diseases • Such diseases contribute to the estimated 20 - 40% loss in yield of horticultural crops in many developing nations • Some examples…
  • 12. Huanglongbing in Citrus (Chinese: 黃龍病 – Yellow Dragon Disease)
  • 13. Mal Secco in Citrus - Israel
  • 14. Citrus Canker
  • 15. Grapevine Leaf Rust
  • 16. Grapevine Leaf Rust
  • 17. Bean Rust in Lao PDR – Exotic?
  • 18. White Leaf in Sugarcane
  • 19. Conclusions • Diagnostic studies overseas are critical to strengthening Australia’s biosecurity and • Are an integral aspect of capacity building in disease diagnostics and management In- Country • Contribute to strengthening quarantine barriers In-country – a sadly neglected area
  • 20. Challenges • There is need for increased surveillance of imported plant material in Australia for symptomless infection • The decline in routine crop surveillance and diagnostic capacity in Australia is of grave concern • Our capacity to provide training overseas is being seriously diminished