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Above: Oxen ploughing a field in Myanmar

The Australian Government recognises that the need to meet future food demand in a sustainable way will require major advances in productivity, market systems, natural resource management and governance. As the world’s population grows, demand for food and agricultural products will continue to rise. These pressures compounded by climate change, will strain the world’s resources in a way that could limit future prosperity and contribute to food insecurity, conflict and population displacement. Australia’s Foreign Policy White Paper recognises the challenges that climate change will present in the coming years, as well as the economic opportunities as the world transitions to a low emissions global economy.

Australia aims to play a role in meeting the increasing global demand for food and is supporting farmers in our region to be more productive and sustainable. This includes adapting to the impacts of climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Australia supports the priorities of the GRA and is involved in a range of activities. Australia is:

  • a founding member of the GRA
  • a member of the Executive Committee
  • is a co-chair of the Integrative Research Group (IRG)
  • is a research contributor to the Paddy Rice, Livestock, Croplands and Integrative Research Groups

Australia is represented on the GRA through the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR). ACIAR is the Australian Government’s specialist agricultural research for development agency. Check out this short video about who ACIAR is and what we do.

ACIAR works with a number of Australian and international research agencies and researchers to develop technologies and farming systems that can increase productivity, deliver meaningful emissions reductions, and build the capacity in our region to deliver our NDC commitments under the Paris Agreement.

As part of its commitment to the GRA, a virtual advisory group of Australian experts comprising of research individuals, teams and organisation is established whose role is to inform and contribute to the GRA needs on behalf of Australia.

Australia’s world-leading climate research capabilities continue to make globally recognised contributions to climate science, helping the world to understand the way the climate is changing and the impacts we need to manage. For example, Australia’s Carbon Farming Futures programme invested more than $139 million in 200 projects to examine ways to improve agricultural productivity while adapting farming practices to deal with a more variable climate and the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Click here for an overview of the key research achievements of the programme.

Mellissa Wood

Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research



Lee Nelson

Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research