Steep rises and volatility in commodity prices have driven a renewed focus on ownership of
agriculture land and on food security. The debate in Australia has focussed on how our role
as a major food exporter is affected by foreign ownership and changing patterns of land
use. The global dimensions are similar but underlined by the growing world population, an
increased demand for calories and protein from more prosperous people, and competition
from mining, urban encroachment, environmental services and land degradation, against the
uncertainties of changing climate impacts.
The Crawford Fund’s 2012 Parliamentary Conference is entitled “The Scramble for Natural Resources: More Food, Less Land?” at Parliament House in Canberra on 9 and 10 October. The conference - in the Fund's 25th anniversary year - tackles the core issue in global well-being, how to provide sufficient, nutritious food for everyone in the face of burgeoning competition for the globe's natural resources. Can agricultural research, development and policy change help to secure the future for the planet and its people?
The full program and biographies for speakers and online registration can be found on our website at www.crawfordfund.org
Food security in the developed world is generally conceptualized and measured in terms of peoples’ financial ability to afford adequate and nutritious food. This seminar will present data collected through ANU Poll in mid-2011. It suggests that the most widely cited estimates of food insecurity in Australia are likely to underestimate the magnitude of the problem, finding that 13-16% of adult Australians experience some food insecurity and 4-8% can be considered severely food insecure. Low levels of education, responsibility for children and low incomes are all negatively associated with household food security. Yet issues of social equity and inclusion attract little attention in public debates over food security in Australia. Growing interest in food security as a matter of political and policy concern over recent years would appear to have more to do with the combined effects of recent extreme weather events, accelerating foreign acquisitions of agricultural land and uncertainty over the magnitude and timing of future climate change impacts. This seminar will assess both the existing data on household-level food insecurity and future challenges to food security at the national level in more detail.
Stewart Lockie is Professor and Head of the School of Sociology at the Australian National University. His research addresses numerous aspects of sustainability in relation to food production and consumption, natural resource management policy and sustainable supply chain governance. Recent publications include the coedited volumes Risk and Social Theory in Environmental Management (2012, CSIRO Publishing) and Agriculture, Biodiversity and Markets: Livelihoods and Agroecology in Comparative Perspective (2010, Earthscan).
Dr Juliet Pietsch is a senior lecturer in the School of Politics and International Relations. She has a particular interest in comparative immigration politics and public opinion. In addition to the ANU Poll, Juliet is currently involved as a chief investigator on the 2010 Australian Election Study and the World Values Survey.
Globally, food and agriculture industries face increasing challenges to remain productive, sustainable and resilient. What is Australia's role?
The Sustainable Food Summit 2011 brings together some of food and agriculture's biggest players and leading experts in a two-day exchange of knowledge and ideas.
This event focuses on recent policy developments, with emphasis on food security and resilience and how these relate to the National Food Plan. We will seek to unpack what food security really means for Australia, and identify knowledge gaps.
With leading international and national speakers the Outlook 2011 conference will explore the key issues for Australia's agriculture, fisheries, foresty and natural resource sectors. Sessions include: an economic overview, farm performance, agriculture and technology, food security and trade, climate change, live animal exports, biosecurity, farm chemical management and key commodities.
Law Link Theatre, Faculty of Law bldg, The Australian National University
A public forum hosted by
the department of international relations,
ANU college of asia and the pacific
centre for non-traditional security, s. rajaratnam school of international studies,
nanyang technological university, singapore
The global food crisis of 2008 (which was characterized by both volatility in food prices and shortages of food) and the uneven but almost certainly largely negative impacts of climate change have drawn attention to the importance of food security as a regional challenge for institutions and governments in the Asia Pacific. This half-day Forum, which is supported by the Japan Foundation and the Macarthur Foundation, will explore the state of food security and the challenges of eliminating hunger in the Asia Pacific. Speakers will also address Japanese and Australian government approaches to regional food security issues.
Registration fees include morning tea and a light lunch:
This is a reminder that the deadline for paper and poster abstracts for the Australian and New Zealand Agri-Food Research Network conference is September 17. If you wish to present a paper or poster please ensure that you submit your abstract by this date. Please note that there has been a small change to the abstract submission procedures: rather than sending abstracts to Linda Mink you should now send these directly to me (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Potter Rural Community Research Network (RCRN) - 2010
RMIT University Hamilton is a dynamic centre of rural and regional learning and is actively engaged with local stakeholders in building a platform for community-driven, evidence-based research, with a focus on creating positive rural futures.