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Does it matter why?

I found a fascinating article from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) online the other day. I think it’s quite an important one as it described a phenomenon I’ve been noticing in my rainfall data for a while. Namely, that our...

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CIMMIT Mexico

It’s exactly a month today since we visited the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, known by it’s Spanish acronym CIMMIT in the Yaqui Valley in Mexico.  If you desire peace, cultivate justice, but at the same time cultivate the...

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Californian Ag

is unforgettable, deep top soil and water on tap. Sun drenched nuts so hot they melt your taste buds. Woah ah oh aha oh a With apologies to Katy Perry. I had no idea before last week that California is...

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Washington Whirlwind

I’m writing these blogs mainly for my own record and benefit, but many have been sharing them and commenting on Facebook. So thank you, I’m glad you find this trip interesting. To find out more about what the Nuffield Scholarship...

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Beginning our Global Focus Program – England

Somewhere over the Atlantic….. I always knew I’d go to the USA one day. But being from Australia I never imagined flying in over the east coast, from London to Washington DC. One financial and political capital to another. But...

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Contemporary Scholars Conference – Days 3 & 4

Day 3 of the CSC was mostly taken up with learning about a large industrial complex situated just out of Reims known as the ‘Industries and Agro-Recourses Cluster’. The complex contains several world-class facilities dedicated to Bio based products and...

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Contemporary Scholars Conference – Day 2

Day 2 opened up with Edwin Van Raalte who is business manager for the Executive Board of the Rabobank Group. His bio stated that he is responsible for ‘developing the international food & Agri strategy (Banking4Food) at Rabobank’ and his presentation was...

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Contemporary Scholars Conference – Day 1

We’re now here in the town of Reims, located in the Champagne region of France for our Contemporary Scholars Conference (CSC) which is the gathering of all the Nuffield scholars around the world in 2015. This year there are scholars...

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Rainfall deciles

If you want to sound like you know what you’re talking about when striking up conversation with a farmer some time, try talking about rainfall deciles. What are they you ask? Hopefully this little explanation will make you feel a...