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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…

Published 24 Feb 2021

Innovation is not a buzzword or a box to check on a business plan; it is a vital component for sustainable economic development. The Australian agriculture sector faces a serious and present threat in climate change, which cannot be addressed by incremental adaptation; innovative responses to this challenge are a…

Published 9 Sep 2020

Markets not working well provide an endless source of agricultural policy discussion. Not surprisingly, complaints of market failure, of imbalance of power and monopolistic (or monopsonistic) behaviour, are enticing and often involve the classic David and Goliath battle of the small business failing because of competition from larger competitors and…

Published 1 May 2020

The world is a very different place now compared to when the last Insights was released. The February newsletter was released the day after the Commonwealth Government implemented its emergency response plan for COVID-19 and before the first death attributable to the disease in Australia. Ironically, the focus of that…

Published 1 May 2019

Climate, culture and risk are now mainstream governance issues in agriculture and natural resource management. In a recent risk and governance forum held in Australia, experts highlighted that organisations should undertake rigorous review of their non-financial risks, in particular those related to culture and climate. While some sectors – including…

Published 1 Nov 2018

Pete Mailler and Michael McCormack discuss drought resilience and preparedness; there is an ever-growing divide between voters on the ground and their representatives encased in the ‘Canberra bubble’; research into risk management systems in Australian agriculture; and the imbalance between consumer perceptions and the reality of farming practice and the…

Published 1 Aug 2018

Garry Goucher from Garry Goucher & Associates and David McKeon from GrainGrowers discuss the continuing relevance of RDCs; determining the right to farm; China’s ‘digital journey’ into high value markets; and is the divide still dividing us?
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