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Australian volunteers and the Crawford Fund have been working with Lao’s Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry since 2009, with the ultimate objective being long-term food security and stronger trade.

This case study looks at international partnership, team volunteering and its impact on food security..

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Australian volunteers working with Crawford Fund

Kylie Ireland talks about the benefits of a strong partnership and working as part of a cluster of volunteers.


Australian volunteers in Laos

Kylie Ireland: Diagnostic Plant Pathologist, IDM Advisor

Madaline Healey: Entomologist Training and Development Officer

Lyall Grieve: Entomologist, IPM Training Officer


The work of Australian volunteers and Crawford Fund in Laos has resulted in published papers, as exampled below.  Each paper works to bolster plant health efforts, from the farm gate to biosecurity, and supports good scientific practice in not only Laos, but the wider region.

“First report of Ralstonia pseudosolanacearum in the Lao PDR”

“First report of Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. niveum in the Lao PDR”

“First report of Phytophthora capsici in the Lao PDR”

“First report of Rhizoctonia solani Anastomosis Group AG-4 HG-I in the Lao PDR”

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