I have a Master’s Degree in the field of Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development and an undergraduate degree in Systems Agriculture. Over the past 10 years, I have worked in the international development arena in a number of countries, including, Cambodia, Thailand, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Zimbabwe. In addition, I have worked in coastal Queensland sugar communities for 6 years in various natural resource management and rural development programs with State Government.
Between 2008 to 2012, I worked in up-land areas along the Thailand Myanmar Border with an NGO called The Border Consortium on a Community Agriculture Nutrition program that strengthened self-reliance and food security of refugee communities and internally displaced people’s via the implementation of agricultural activities that resulted in increasing access and availability to nutritious garden foods and increased levels of income.
Prior to this (2006 – 2008), I was employed with World Vision in Papua New Guinea to support an innovative "Farmer Evaluation and Multiplication of Sweet Potato Project" funded by the Australian Centre for International Agriculture Research to identify suitably adapted sweet potato varieties to increase food security in the lowlands of Madang, as well as serving a short stint in the Solomon Islands.
In 2014, I commenced a Charles Darwin University PhD Doctorial fellowship with the Research Institute for Environment and Livelihoods (RIEL) and the Menzies School of Health Research to assess the contribution of locally sourced foods to Indigenous livelihoods, wellbeing and food security in remote communities.
|My project aims to improve the understanding of the food security situation in a remote indigenous community.|