The Crawford Fund is a non-profit non-government organisation that works to raise awareness of the benefits to Australia and developing countries from international agricultural research, commissions studies on research policy and practice, and arranges specialist training activities for developing country scientists. Its training focus has been on middle level scientists and managers from developing countries. Since the 1990s approximately 1000 foreign nationals have attended 49 Master Classes and 10,000 individuals fro 98 countries have attended other Crawford Fund training activities.
Of relevance to the AWP are its public awareness programs and its capacity to run training programs and Master Classes in water and related natural resource management and food security areas. Currently, it is organising with the Australian National University, a Catchment Management Master Class in Bangkok, Thailand. In recent years it has also conducted drought management, risk management and systems modelling,, climate variability management and aquaculture management Master Classes.