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Derek Tribe: International Agricultural Scientist, Founder of The Crawford Fund

By Lindsay Falvey

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Book Id: WPLBN0002169850
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Title: Derek Tribe: International Agricultural Scientist, Founder of The Crawford Fund  
Author: Lindsay Falvey
Language: English
Subject: Non Fiction, Agriculture, International Agricultural Research
Collections: Authors Community, Biographies
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Publisher: The Crawford Fund and the Institute for International Development
Member Page: Lindsay Falvey


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Derek Tribe FTSE, OBE, OA was a remarkable Australian international Australian agricultural scientist, who as a young academic migrated from England to assume the mantle of Sir Samuel Wadham at the University of Melbourne in the 1950s. From that base he was instrumental in the creation in Africa of what became the International Livestock Research Institute – one of the 15 green revolution centres that support third world research. Having expanded the Faculty of Agriculture and modernized the agricultural science course at Melbourne as Dean, he retired early from the University after having touched the lives of hundreds of young agricultural scientists. He then became the first Executive Director of the International Development Program of Australian Universities and Colleges – IDP. Charismatic, driven and politically astute he next reoriented his considerable skills and networks to form The Crawford Fund, to raise awareness and support for the critical role of agricultural research in the third world, under the auspices of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. Tribe’s vision in creating The Crawford Fund remains relevant and is presented here, with his work in international livestock research and development, as one of his great legacies. This biography traces Tribe’s family origins in Portsmouth through his formative years in Reading, Aberdeen, the Rowett Institute and Bristol, and describes how, after tasting Australia on a short- term Nuffield Scholarship, he came to spend his remaining 47 years living there and working internationally.

Table of Contents
Table of Contents Page Acknowledgements vi Introduction 1 Chapter 1 – Formative Decades 4 The First 12 Years 4 War and Evacuation 10 Chapter 2 – Entering the Profession 14 The University of Reading 14 The Rowett Institute 19 Bristol and Australian Contact 26 Chapter 3 – Australia: The First Decade 33 Migrating 33 Assimilating 34 Developing Influence 41 Sabbatical 51 Postmark Australia 55 Chapter 4 – Africa 61 Into Africa 61 Into the World 66 A Global Centre 70 Board Member 79 Chapter 5 – Latter University Years 87 The Balancing Act 87 University Politician 93 Gentlemen’s Agreements 96 Enthusiastic Innovator 99 All Round Academic 106 Leaving the University 108 Chapter 6 – Transitions 110 UK to Australia 110 Academic to Entrepreneur 114 Busyness to Efficiency 118 Local to International 122 Competitive to Elite 128 University to Commerce 131 Chapter 7 – The ‘Real’ World 135 Australian-Asian Universities’ Cooperation Program 135 The International Development Program 138 The Tribe Years 140 Fish Out of Water 144 Busy and Beleaguered 148 The Call of Agriculture 152 Chapter 8 – Good Philosophy 159 Doing Good 159 Doing Well 163 Self-Interest 166 More Research Needed! 168 Feeding Before Greening 170 Parallel Activities 173 Chapter 9 – The Crawford Fund 176 Return to Research Politicking 176 CGIAR and The Academy 178 The Academy and AIDAB 184 Charter 186 Funding the Fund 191 Raising Awareness 194 Reviews 204 Master Classes 207 After Tribe 210 Chapter 10 – Tribe’s Legacy 212 Endnotes 221 INDEX of Places and Names 236


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