About Associate Professor Robyn Alders, AO

I believe that livestock research can directly contribute to ecologically sustainable development and improved livelihoods for rural communities both in Australia and internationally. She has a keen interest in food and nutrition security, gender equity and science communication.

International livestock and One Health research scientist

Robyn was born and raised on a grazing property on the Southern Tablelands of NSW, Australia. For over 20 years, she has worked closely with smallholder farmers in Africa and Asia as a veterinarian, researcher and colleague. For much of this time, she has been working on the development of sustainable Newcastle disease (ND) control in poultry in rural areas as this disease is a key constraint to small livestock producers, many of whom own only poultry. The ND control activities have included project management; epidemiology; production and quality control of thermotolerant ND vaccine; development and testing of innovative extension materials; community development; incorporating ethnoveterinary knowledge; training of extension personnel, animal health workers, livestock officers and laboratory personnel; and the development of user-pays schemes. Since 2004, Robyn has been involved with highly pathogenic avian influenza control and preparedness in Ethiopia, Indonesia, Kenya, Lao PDR, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Viet Nam. In Indonesia, she oversaw the training and communication components of the FAO HPAI Participatory Disease Surveillance and Response Program from May 2007 to September 2009. From May 2008 to June 2011, Robyn directed the International Veterinary Medicine Program at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in the USA and remains an Adjunct Associate Professor with this program. From July 2011 to May 2012, Robyn was the Team Leader of a Newcastle disease control project in Angola implemented by the KYEEMA Foundation and funded by the European Union. In August 2012, she rejoined the Faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney as a Principal Research Fellow to pursue domestic and international food and nutrition security research and development activities. In January 2011, Robyn was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to veterinary science as a researcher and educator, to the maintenance of food security in developing countries through livestock management and disease control programs.

Robyn believes that livestock research can directly contribute to ecologically sustainable development and improved livelihoods for rural communities both in Australia and internationally. She has a keen interest in food and nutrition security, gender equity and science communication.Teaching and supervision
Food and nutrition security, animal health, One Health and sustainable development Current projectsACIAR - Strengthening food and nutrition security through family poultry and crop integration in Tanzania and Zambia (http://aciar.gov.au/aifsc/projects/strengthening-food-and-nutrition-security-through-family-poultry-and-crop-integration)Australian Department of Agriculture and DFAT - Timor Leste Village Poultry Health and Biosecurity Program· Australia Africa Universities Network - Supporting food security and capacity building in African Union member states through the sustainable control of Newcastle disease in village chickens

Selected publications

Alders, R.G. 2012. Analysis of Science and Innovation in the Poultry Value Chain: Lessons for African Countries. Paper commissioned by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) for their Knowledge for Development website (http://knowledge.cta.int/en/Dossiers/Commodities/Livestock/Enhancing-competitiveness-in-the-ACP-poultry-value-chain/Feature-articles/Science-and-Innovation-in-Family-Poultry-Value-Chain-Development-Lessons-for-African-countries).

Alders, R.G., Bagnol, B., Costa, R., Young, M. and Zandamela, A. 2012. Food security, poverty alleviation, women's empowerment and wildlife conservation: the benefits of Newcastle disease control in village chickens in Southern Africa. EcoHealth Conference, Kunming City, 15-18 October 2012, p. 21.

Alders, R.G., Bagnol, B., Crawford, G., Golden, C., Ostapak, S., Ralaiarison, R.A. 2012. Village poultry production systems and constraints in communities bordering the Makira Protected Area in Madagascar. World's Poultry Science Journal 68(Suppl.1):916.

Alders, R.G., Bagnol, B., Farrell, P., Fornace, K., Gleeson, L., Kock, R., Rushton, J. and Rushton, R. 2012. The human dimensions of food safety and biosecurity with special emphasis on chronic food and financial insecurity. Emerging Infectious Diseases Symposium Abstract Booklet, CSIRO, Geelong, 22-23 October, 2012, p. 57.

Costa, R., Bagnol, B., Alders, R.G., Young, M., Zandamela, A. and Braga, J. 2012. The challenges for achieving sustainability in the control of Newcastle disease in village chickens in Massingir District, Mozambique. World's Poultry Science Journal 68(Suppl.1):451.

Farrell, P., Alders, R., Bagnol, B. and Hunter, C. 2012. Global Health issues for humans and livestock and their study in local contexts. Sydney Emerging Infections and Biosecurity Institute Colloquium Abstract Booklet, University of Sydney, 11-12 October 2012, p. 39.

Hamilton, J., Alders, R.G. and Mulenga, F.M. 2012. Identification of constraints impacting poultry production in Muchila, Zambia. World's Poultry Science Journal 68(Suppl.1):210.

Kock, R., Fornace, K., Alders, R. and Wallace, R. 2012. Is industrial husbandry an ecosystem disservice driving pathogen emergence? And can sovereign conservation agriculture fix the problem? EcoHealth Conference, Kunming City, 15-18 October 2012, p. 106.

Thieme, O., Rota, A., Sonaiya, E.B., Guèye, E.F., Bagnol, B. and Alders, R.G. 2012. A Decision tool box for family poultry development. World's Poultry Science Journal 68(Suppl.1):546.

Young, J., Grace, D., Young, M., Alders, R.G., Kibaya, A., Msami, H. and Bagnol, B. 2012. Newcastle disease vaccination: from technology to poverty reduction. The 13th Conference of the International Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics (ISVEE XIII), Massstricht, The Netherlands. 20-24 August 2012, p. 114.