“Australia has a lot to give and a lot to learn” – Dr Tarni Cooper hopes that in 2017 the issues of food security become better known.
It’s a wonderful pleasure to introduce a new associate member of the Board at Kyeema Foundation. Dr Tarni Cooper is a veterinarian with experience working in smallholder livestock (Food Security and One Health) research for development (R4D) projects in East Africa and Vietnam. She is currently completing her PhD at the University of Queensland, in collaboration with the International Livestock Research Institute. Tarni is the Chair, Brisbane Chapter of the Communication for Development Global Network and serves both clinically and on the Steering Committee (strategy/communications) of Pets in the Park Brisbane.
In an interview earlier this year, Tarni shared what she is investigating through her research, her experience at the One Health Ecohealth Conference in Melbourne late last year and the vision she has for Kyeema Foundation and others like ours working for a more equitable and food secure future – both globally and right here in our backyard.
What about your work are you most looking forward to this year?
In the short term, I am looking forward to receiving the transcribed and translated data from my interviews and focus group discussions and seeing what they reveal. Later in the year I’ll be returning to Vietnam to build on those findings, gaining a deeper understanding of the communities and the role AMs play in their lives.
Field work is definitely a major highlight of my work; I am so fortunate to spend time learning about rural communities from the people within them.
As a young member of Kyeema Foundation’s burgeoning team, can you share with us your personal vision for the work we do?
I look forward to the Kyeema Foundation, along with other groups working on food security being better known in Australia. Internationally we are known as experts in our field of village chicken health and have made a very tangible difference for thousands of people. In Australia, it can be very easy to take our food and nutrition security for granted but we are seeing increased problems, especially in nutritional deficiencies and environmental sustainability.
I look forward to Kyeema’s future role in raising awareness around food and nutrition security in Australia. We can share decades of wisdom from farmers in Africa and Asia, about sustainable farming and growing your own food. Australia has a lot to give and to learn.
Catch Tarni and other passionate Queensland scientists working in agricultural development presenting at an event next Wednesday the 15th of February 3-5pm, hosted by The Crawford Fund at Qld Parliament House – ‘Doing Well By Doing Good Forum’.