Fifteen scientists from Kenya and Tanzania visited a farm at Spring Ridge yesterday as part of a tour of north-west NSW.
The members of the Australia Awards Fellowship, led by University of Sydney academics, arrived in Gunnedah on Sunday afternoon.
They visited “Nowley” at Spring Ridge with farm manager Noel Ticehurst yesterday.
A University of Sydney spokesman said the scientists were learning about farming systems and were visiting Narrabri and Gunnedah, led by associate professors Inakwu Odeh and Daniel Tan from the university’s Faculty of Agriculture and Environment.
The fellowship, which is funded by the federal government, began on June 20 and runs for four weeks.
It is addressing the issue of food security in the semi-arid regions of East Africa with a focus on the connections between modern and traditional African farming.
“The Fellows are tackling this issue by using remote sensing methods to determine real and potential land use suitability and identify problem and potential areas for agricultural production,” the university spokesman said.
“They will also look at linking African traditional smallholding agricultural systems with modern site-specific farming systems including the optimal use of fertilisers, irrigation and herbicides/pesticides.”