ILRI’s Gabrielle Persley being interviewed by Australian journalist Kate Sieper at ILRI’s ‘John Vercoe Conference on Animal Breeding for Poverty Reduction’, held in Nairobi in 2007 (photo credit: ILRI/Susan MacMillan).
The Australian Federal Government is funding a new multi-million-dollar Australian International Centre for Food Security, aimed at helping millions of Africans lift themselves out of poverty and hunger.
The centre aims at the same time to help African governments protect their agricultural environments and sustain their food production.
The centre will have an office in Africa to work with farmers and government agencies to help increase yields, address water and soil challenges, commercialize their produce and adapt to climate change.
Michael Mackenzie of Australia’s ABC Rural Radio spoke recently with Gabrielle Persley, an international agricultural scientist who worked for many years with the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), departing its Nairobi headquarters to return to Australia earlier this year, and Rick Roush, president of the Australian Council of Deans of Agriculture.
Listen to the 12-minute interview of Persley and Roush on ABC Rural: Australia reaches out to Africa, 4 Nov 2011.