African farmers learn sustainable farming in Australia

Farmers from five African countries participated in a four-week dryland farming course in Brisbane, Australia.

The aim of the program — a joint project by the Australian Agency for International Development, UniQuest and the University of Queensland — is to help farmers learn and adapt to more sustainable farming methods to improve and ensure food security in their respective countries.

The 22 participants from Ethiopia, Djibouti, Uganda, Burkina Faso and Tunisia learned how to reduce tillage, use water efficiently and avoid soil degradation. They also went on excursions to the Darling Downs in Queensland and Liverpool Plains in New South Wales to see the techniques being used at farm level.

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  • Jenny Lei Ravelo

    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.