AAUN is delighted to announce the awards for the Partnership Research and Development Fund for 2018. There are 8 awards made from 13 total applications. The winning award teams are shown in the list below.

2018 AAUN PRDF Principal Investigators (PI) & Programs

Assoc Professor Matt Hayward (University of Newcastle): Improved food security and biodiversity outcomes go hand-in-hand
Assoc Professor Richard Vokes (University of Western Australia): Aquaculture Production and Sustainable Livelihoods in Africa: Lessons from Uganda and Kenya
Dr Bahman Javadi (Western Sydney University): Community-based Social Network for Mitigating Hidden Hunger
Professor Anthony Welch (University of Sydney): A Mapping Australia-Africa Partnerships in Higher Education
Professor Elna Buys (University of Pretoria): Food safety risk profiling and monitoring of Listeria monocytogenes in environmental, retail and domestic settings in Africa and Australia
Professor Prem Ramburuth (University of New South Wales): Empowerment in the Workplace: An Exploratory Study of Women in Africa
Professor Janet Bornman (Murdoch University): AAUN-FLoRET: Future Legumes Research, Education & Training programme – Linking climate change and nutritional needs to agriculture
Dr Dana Cordell (University of Technology Sydney): Enabling a food-phosphorus-sanitation sustainability network

We received a high proportion of excellent applications but can only fund those within our funding limit. Should additional funds become available during the year, we will consider making further allocations.

The AAUN PRDF Program is a competitive seed funding round each year that builds teams to address mutual Australian African research challenges in environment and agriculture, food and nutrition, and education and employment developments relevant to these fields.

We thank our continued supporters and sponsors from the Australian Government and its agencies, especially the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), and from the South African Government agency the National Research Foundation (NRF), which make possible the PRDF and the activities of AAUN.


Professor John Hearn                                                  Professor Cheryl de la Rey
AAUN Co-Chair Australia                                             AAUN Co-Chair Africa

Assoc Professor Grace Liu                                           Professor Frans Swanepoel
AAUN Research Development Manager                          AAUN Deputy Co-Chair Africa