The Future Drought Fund (FDF) is investing $1.6 million through Nuffield Australia over the next 2 years for scholarships and training.
The drought resilience scholarships will help farmers increase their knowledge of new tools and practices for a changing climate.
The first 5 FDF-funded drought resilience scholars for 2024 have been announced. They are:
- Caitlin Herbert from Eugowra, NSW, researching the role cattle feedlots can play in helping the beef supply chain prepare for drought.
- Michael Taylor from Kentucky, NSW. The former Australian Farmer of the Year will study solutions to the challenges that hinder the widespread adoption of agroforestry.
- Claudia Benn from Injune, Qld, will extend on the work of previous Scholars to help Australian farmers farm more profitably in alignment with natural systems.
- Ben Poschelk farms at Glen Innes, NSW. Ben will undertake a global analysis of resilience thinking and change in people and communities who have adapted to adverse weather conditions.
- Natalie Schlitz from Kerang, Vic, will investigate weaknesses that threaten the viability of the Australian fodder export sector in a water-limited future.
Scholars will travel overseas to study drought resilience topics and learn from international leaders in the field. Each drought resilience scholarship is valued at $35,000.
The FDF’s investment will also see all Nuffield scholars supported to increase their knowledge of drought resilience to better prepare themselves and their communities for drying conditions.
Learn more and apply at: nuffield.com.au/how-to-apply
Applications for 2025 open March 2024.
Find details of the payment information for Drought Resilience Scholarship program as required under section 27A of the Future Drought Fund Act 2019 below.
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