AYAD volunteers meet the Minister
The AYADs in Samoa recently got the chance to meet the Hon Stephen Smith, Minister for Foreign Affairs during a recent visit he made to the region. The Minister was in Samoa participating in the ground-breaking ceremony of the Australian funded new Headquarters for the Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture. The project is a joint partnership between Samoa, Australia, Asian Development Bank and New Zealand to support education in Samoa. Elizabeth Nannelli was one of the AYADs who got the chance to meet the Minister.
In the Field
A strong collaboration between the University of Adelaide, Tibet Agricultural Research Institute and the AYAD Program has had excellent long-term results in agricultural development in one of the world’s poorest regions. In 2009, AYAD agronomist Tim Heath joined the project in Tibet and discovered the challenges and successes that working in the field can bring.
Around half of Tibet’s 2.7 million people practice intensive agriculture and keep livestock in a network of valleys located at between 3500 and 3950 metres above sea level.
Giving Back Sight
AYAD Robert Dashwood worked as a Research Officer at the Tilganga Eye Centre, Kathmandu, Nepal. Through the support of The Fred Hollows Foundation, Australia, the Tilganga Eye Centre are performing fantastic work, giving people back their sight and reducing the economic burdens blindness places on everyday Nepali families…