FPJ1703E - Okello, A et al. (2020), Past success and future opportunities for Australian agricultural research, development and innovation in a globalised world

FPJ1703E - Okello, A et al. (2020), Past success and future opportunities for Australian agricultural research, development and innovation in a globalised world

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FPJ1703E – Okello, A et al. (2020), Past success and future opportunities for Australian agricultural research, development and innovation in a globalised world

Australian agricultural outputs have a long-held global reputation for quality and safety, commanding high prices – and buoyed by strong trade relations – in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. Underpinning the productivity of Australian agriculture is a robust agricultural innovation system, founded upon world-leading research and development capacity in industry groups and public research institutions. Many countries in the Asia-Pacific region look to the depth and breadth of Australian scientific expertise to assist the development of their own agriculture, fisheries and forestry sectors. Through its contribution to more resilient and productive regional food systems across the region, Australian research and development partnerships generate important benefits back to Australia in terms of the regional economic stability and security, through more food secure neighbours. Pests and diseases in neighbouring countries also threaten Australia. Strong networks between Australian and international scientists play an important role in mitigating many biosecurity threats before they reach Australia, benefitting Australian industries as well as our international trade partners. The profound disruption caused by COVID-19 starkly exposes the links between food security and human and environmental health, highlighting the importance of sustainable agricultural systems. The role that Australian agriculture can play in the recovery and long-term economic stability of the broader Asia-Pacific region underlines the importance of continued investment in Australian agricultural research, and in science partnerships across our region more broadly, to better tackle shared problems.

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