Food & Nature
There is an urgent need to transform our food and land-use stewardship agenda in Australia. Challenges include the need to supply sustainable, healthy diets for a growing global population while also simultaneously building the agricultural sector's resilience to the effects of climate change and mitigating the sector's significant greenhouse gas emissions from the sector.
Arable land is under pressure to increase production while also increasing the well-being of farmers - all without further land degradation and conversion.
At the same time, access to fresh water is a basic human right and a critical sustainable development challenge. As competing demands for water continue to rise (across agriculture, households, energy, industrial use, ecosystems, etc.) in Australia, the effects of climate change are exacerbating the challenges associated with water quality and availability.
This situation creates new risks for businesses, Australian governments at all levels, communities and the environment.
Projects in our Food & Nature program develop solutions to address key challenges of food and land use systems: food and nutrition security, smallholder livelihoods, natural resource efficiency, including water management, climate change impact and adaptation - using comprehensive approaches and new technologies.