PRDF 2016/17

The Partnership & Research Development Fund (PRDF) offers grants of an average of $10,000 AUD to foster partnership within the network and support planning workshops and research collaborations that address distinct mutual challenges. It provides one year of catalytic seed funding which may cover the costs of exploratory research initiatives, targeted workshops, faculty exchanges and the formation of collaborative networks, among other activities.

The 2016/17 Partnership & Research Development Fund received 16 applications, of which 9 projects are being funded. The main area of focus for the 2017 programs is in food and nutrition security.

Name of Project Principal Investigator(s) AAUN Partners Non-AAUN Partners Objectives and Outcomes
Food Security and Antibiotic Resistance in the Chicken Processing Industry in Australia and Africa Dr Ranil Coorey, Nutrition Dietetics and Food Technology, Curtin University A/Prof Gary Dykes, A/Prof Stuart Johnson, A/Prof Dean Bertolatti (Curtin University); Prof Elna Buys & Prof Riette de Kock (University
of Pretoria); Dr Angela Parry-Hanson (University of Ghana)
Dr Ivan Muzira Mukisa (Makerere University)
Dr Patrick Njage (University of Nairobi)
To develop a robust,
user friendly food
safety determination
system for chicken
at various consumption situations/points,
such as retail,
restaurant and the
Mobile based Information System for Nutrition driven Agriculture Prof Athula Ginige (Western Sydney University) Dr Folake O. Samuel, (University of Ibadan); Prof Willis Oluoch Kosura (University of Nairobi); Prof Sheryl Hendriks, (University of Pretoria) To minimise ‘hidden
hunger’ through timely
access to
information to grow
suitable local
nutritional crop
varieties, making
use of rapidly growing
mobile connectivity.
New plant breeding methods for sustainable use of genetic resources and security of food production Prof Wallace Cowling (University of Western Australia) Prof Sunita
Facknath (University of  Mauritius);
Prof Karl
Kunert (University of
Prof Peter
Sharp (University of
Dr Aaron
Murphy (University of
New England);
Dr Marco
Ferroni and
Dr Vivienne
(University of Basel)
To critically evaluate
new crop breeding
methods arising
from animal 
The new methods are
to improve long‐term sustainable outcomes
from  crop breeding.
Food composition data for animal-source foods in sub-Saharan Africa Prof Hettie Schonfeldt (University of Pretoria) Dr Beulah
Pretorius (University of
Prof Robyn Alders, Dr Julia de Bruyn (University of Sydney);Prof Eric Mitema (University of
To provide a platform to populate existing food composition (nutrient content) data of animal-source foods generated through various isolated research activities across the African continent, to develop a single open-access reference source.
Urbanisation and its Impact on Peri-urban Water and Food Security in Africa: Developing Research Collaboration and Capacity Building Prof Basant Maheshwari
(Western Sydney University)
Dr Dharma Hagare & Dr Maria Varua (Western Sydney University)
A/Prof Willem Vervoort & A/Prof Inakwu Odeh (University of Sydney)
Prof Elly Sabiiti (Makerere University);
Prof Nancy Karanja (University of Nairobi)
Prof Ashantha Goonetilleke (Queensland University of Technology) To bring together Australian and African partners to understand complex issues of changing land use patterns from the view point of community, policy and physical environment and identify the knowledge gap for collaborative research and teaching to improve water and food security and liveability in African cities.
Minimizing waste through value addition and preservation of fresh produce in Nigeria and Kenya Prof Robyn McConchie (University of Sydney) Prof Kolawole Falade, University of Ibadan; Dr Kim-Yen Phan-Thien, University of Sydney Ms Zione Kalumikazaz, Lecturer in Food Science, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources; Dr Olaide R. Aderibigbe, National Horticultural Research Institute Ibadan;
Mr Andrew A. Wanga, Agricultural Finance Corporation
Ms Asenath Koech, KEPHIS; Mr George Mandoh, National Biosecurity Authority
This project will establish two pilot Innovation Platforms (IPs), in Nigeria and Kenya, to create stakeholder-based solutions
to reduce postharvest losses of tomato and mangoes, respectively. Improving competitiveness of these value chains will
lead to significant poverty alleviation, especially among women, and to improved food and nutrition security.
Future Legumes – Linking climate change and nutritional needs to agriculture Prof Richard Harper, Murdoch  Prof Michael Jones, Murdoch; Mr David Doepel, Murdoch; Prof John Howieson, Murdoch; Prof Janet F Bornman, Curtin;
A/Prof Muthama Muasya, Cape Town; Dr Samson Chimphango, Cape Town; Dr Peter Johnston, Cape Town; Prof Mark New, Cape Town; A/Prof Rachel Wynberg, Cape Town
Prof Carl-Otto Ottosen, Aarhus University, Denmark
A/Prof Eva Rosenqvist, University of Copenhagen,Denmark
To purposely embed a research training program within a larger international research project addressing
climate change and nutrition in the world’s legumes. Research capacity building for African countries. The project intends to pilot a model for research training and collaboration between AAUN member universities.
Education Leadership
for Knowledge



A/Prof Mohammad Santally, Mauritius Prof Moses Tenywa, Makerere;
Prof Vanessa Chang, Curtin; Kevin Sungkur,
Yousra Rajabalee, Mauritius
N/A To conduct a series of   capacity-building
with educators
in Mauritius
to equip
them with
relevant leadership

Development of Millet-based Functional Food Products for the Prevention and Management of Obesity and Diabetes





Prof Vijay Jayasena, Western Sydney University

Dr Adjei Maame Yaakwah, Ghana; Dr Keiron Audain, Zambia;Prof Kolawole Falade, Ibadan Dr Femi Fasanmade, Lagos University; Dr Oluwatosin Ijaba Adeniyi,Durban University of Technology,

Dr Oluwatoyin Oluwole, Federal Institute of Industrial Research, Nigeria

A dietary approach of preventing and managing chronic diseases such as obesity and diabetes