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Published 16 Aug 2021

Government policies aimed at addressing risk in Australian agriculture have a long and chequered history. While a range of government programs and schemes intended to improve management of financial risks is available to Australian farmers, there is little evidence to indicate that the majority of past policies can be considered…

Published 13 Aug 2021

AFI submission to the Senate inquiry into definitions of meat and other animal products, addressing: 1. The potential impairment of Australian meat category brand investment from the appropriation of product labelling by manufactured plant-based or synthetic protein brands, 2. The health implications of consuming heavily manufactured protein products which are…

Published 21 Jul 2021

‘Regenerative’ farming is gaining attention, particularly of policy makers and not-for-profits who increasingly direct funding to support regenerative agriculture (RA) initiatives. RA practitioners have been referred to as ‘disruptors’ – farmers who introduce new processes, challenging traditional practices and creating new markets. We review the range of practices that could…

Published 21 Jul 2021

As Australia’s fastest growing sector, agri-food is second only to mining in terms of its importance to the national economy. But agri-food has an important decision to make – to what extent it will continue business as usual, exporting untapped value-add potential with every container of raw commodity. Alternatively, it…

Published 29 Jun 2021

Developing an Australian Agricultural Sustainability Framework (AASF) The first iteration of the AASF has now been developed for stakeholder feedback (see link above – AASF 1st iteration). As the framework contains many levels of information, this interactive PowerPoint (PPT) presentation has been designed to allow users to ‘dive in’ to areas of interest…

Published 16 Jun 2021

We stand at a crossroads in history. The impacts of geopolitical tensions, climate change, wildfire, extreme weather events and loss of biodiversity are some of the immediate challenges impacting our capacity to grow agricultural crops sustainably. But we must do so whilst avoiding the depletion of natural resources and maintaining…

Published 7 Jun 2021

At the recent Global Food Forum in Sydney, delegates heard agribusiness leaders assert that “sustainability is now mainstream” for the agri-food industry. An increasing number of programs, projects and potential pitfalls are appearing in the ag sector. In this Insights edition, AFI offers a high-level look at some of the…
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