Growing the Seeds of Knowledge: The role for Australia in International Agricultural Development | AgriEducate

Whilst the offers of vegemite may be a contested and not very delicious one for people across the world, the offers that Australia has towards global food security are certainly not. Australia is sharing its unique knowledge in agriculture with many developing countries, through programs run by organisations such as ACIAR and Crawford Fund. This week we look at the role of Australia in International Agricultural Development.

The problem itself is simple: by 2050 the world needs to be able to feed nine billion people with the same resources that we have available today.  The solution, however, is far more complex.

So where does Australia sit?

Australia has maintained itself as a prominent innovator, implementing a wide array of new technologies and genetic advancements to keep ahead of a changing climate. Recent modeling by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) demonstrates how Australian farmers have stayed ahead of a disruptive climate.

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Teasing out the impact of climate on Total Farm Productivity (TFP) (source)


This expertise in managing a harsh climate provides Australia with ample opportunity to share the experience with developing countries.

Australia has two main roles in global food security. Firstly, Australia has a role as the farm to many parts of the world, producing quality foods which are exported globally. But, as the saying goes – give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime –Australia has huge offerings in exporting the aforementioned agricultural knowledge harnessed down under.

“Australia’s most valuable asset to support food security in our region and the world is our knowledge base in agriculture” (Prasad & Langridge 2013)

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