Australia’s agricultural sector is at a crossroads. Global population growth and increasing affluence in our neighbouring trading partners will present unprecedented opportunities for growth, but agriculture is also facing unprecedented pressures through climate change and climate variability, access to finance, and social and workforce issues.
This project aimed to address issues including, but not limited to, the following:
Identify the factors affecting Australian agriculture’s comparative advantage (clean, green, safe, affordable, sustainable and ethical).
Draw together, examine and articulate the multiple and competing factors impacting the short and long-term sustainability of Australian agriculture.
Examine Australian agriculture’s ability to predict opportunities and challenges and effectively respond and prosper.
Examine how practices that ensure short-term profitability and producer survival, impact on (and can be reconciled with) the sector’s long-term comparative advantage.
Identify examples by which Australian agriculture can increase productivity without compromising its social licence to operate.
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Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA) 2015