Since graduating in Rural Science from the University of New England four year ago, Skye Gabb has worked as a jillaroo in the Northern Territory, as a volunteer on a research project in West Timor, to her present job with the Birchip Cropping Group.
In 2011 Skye spent 10 months working with project staff and farmers on an ACIAR project in West Timor and Flores. The aim was to help the farmers add forage legumes to their cropping mix to increase crop and livestock production.
Skye documented her experience in the latest 'Connect Magazine' from Australian Volunteers for International Development. She was also recently interviewed by ABC regional radio about her experience as an agricultural scientist.
ACIAR John Allwright Fellow Dr Marcal Gusmao (2nd from left), the University of Western Australia's first Timor-Leste PhD graduate, recently completed his doctorate in agricultural science on a legume crop which tolerates drought and waterlogging.
Marcal will use the knowledge he gained to continue working on improving crop yields and training agricultural science graduates at the National University of Timor-Leste, where he is also working for a United Nations development program on climate change.