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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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Scott orr and-burgess_doing_well_by_doing_good_v5

  1. 1. Doing Well by Doing Good Helen Scott-Orr Lester W. Burgess The Crawford Fund
  2. 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. 3. Public Awareness Programs • Annual Parliamentary Conference • Key reports commissioned • Crawford Fund Awards, Fellowships, Medals • Selected conference support • Media relations -
  4. 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. 5. Cattle/Buffalo Workshop Lao PDR
  6. 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. 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. 8. Why should we enhance border security?
  9. 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. 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. 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. 12. Huanglongbing in Citrus (Chinese: 黃龍病 – Yellow Dragon Disease)
  13. 13. Mal Secco in Citrus - Israel
  14. 14. Citrus Canker
  15. 15. Grapevine Leaf Rust
  16. 16. Grapevine Leaf Rust
  17. 17. Bean Rust in Lao PDR – Exotic?
  18. 18. White Leaf in Sugarcane
  19. 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. 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