Partners magazine

Partners magazine 2009 Issue 2

Date released
16 June 2009
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This issue highlights the important link between natural resource management and food security. It focuses on ACIAR-supported initiatives and partnerships which are delivering sustainable approaches to agriculture, with examples of projects that demonstrate that environmental sustainability can also help smallholders increase their productivity. As ACIAR Commissioner John Williams outlines, the challenges facing agricultural science are immense, but sustainability is achievable if scientists and producers can develop agriculture in a wider ecological framework. In this issue we report on research in India and Australia that is both improving soils and reducing environmental damage through use of organic fertilisers, helping farmers rehabilitate their land in Aceh, and ways farmers in the Philippines are reducing soil erosion and increasing their incomes by planting harvestable hedgerows. Other reports cover ACIAR-funded work in the Philippines that is reducing pesticide run-off into waterways, and which is also being applied in South Australia, and helping to identify suitable locations for sea-cage aquaculture to reduce environmental impacts. Another is on research in Papua New Guinea that is helping communities develop sustainable harvesting strategies for their timber resources.

In this issue:

  • Environmental farming
  • Soils and climate gain from fertiliser’s flipside
  • Could compost be a disease breaker?
  • Progress in restoring coastal agriculture
  • Harvestable hedgerows encourage erosion change
  • Information flows for water-wise farmers
  • Enabling more secure livelihoods in uncertain times
  • Location is the key to greener fish farms
  • Managed forests offer PNG communities new market opportunities
  • Ten years of soil research
  • ACIAR secures increased funding in 2009-10 Budget
  • Farewell to Peter Core
  • ACIAR celebrates 25 years in Indonesia
  • Fellowships pay dividends back home
  • Website accessibility improves
  • Energy efficiency for ACIAR
  • New appointments
  • New research programs
  • New publications
  • New projects

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