Tag Archives: Food security

This week on Harvest: grapevines, nitrogen and food security

This week on Harvest , we’ll be talking to Associate Professor Brent Kaiser from the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine about his research on nitrogen uptake and utilisation in plants as well as the Bachelor of Viticulture and Oenology program in the lead-up to the University’s Open Day

We’ll be continuing our ‘Grape to Glass’ segment by heading a little further up the plant with a look at grapevine physiology, and we’ll also be continuing our look at Food Security when we talk to Dr Andrew Jacobs from the ACPFG about the role that science plays.

We’ll also be having our regular look at some of the agriculture, food and wine stories in the news. Join us from 3.00pm to 4.00pm SA time on 101.5 FM in Adelaide, on digital radio or online at https://radio.adelaide.edu.au/

Podcasts of the interviews will be available after 5.00pm SA time at https://radio.adelaide.edu.au/program/harvest/

Podcast: Young – Sustainable water and natural resource management

Listen to a podcast of Prof Mike Young, Chair in Water Economics and Management at the University of Adelaide presenting on “Sustainable water and natural resource management”.

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From the Natural Resources in Demand Symposium Global and Local Perspectives October 11th, 2012.

Sponsors and partners include:

AARES: Australian Agricultural & Resource Economics Society [http://www.aares.org.au/]

RIRDC Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation [http://www.rirdc.gov.au/]
PIRSA Primary Industries and Regions SA [http://www.pir.sa.gov.au/]
The Waite Research Institute at the University of Adelaide [http://www.adelaide.edu.au/wri/]
More information about the symposium (including registration) can be found on the School’s events page.
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  • The land that feeds us: global scarcity and its implications – Dr Derek Byerlee, International Agricultural Policy Specialist and author of “Rising Global Interest in Farmland”
  • Sustainable water and natural resource management – Prof Mike Young, Chair in Water Economics and Management at the University of Adelaide
  • China and India’s policy options for their global food and nutrition security – Dr Shenggen Fan, Director General, The International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington, DC
  • Growth in emerging economies: impact on global food security by 2030 – Prof Kym Anderson, George Gollin Professor of Economics, Executive Director of the Wine Economics Research Centre, University of Adelaide
  • Morning speaker panel – moderated by Prof Roger Leigh, Director Waite Research Institute, University of Adelaide
  • Building Competitive Agricultural Landscapes for South Australia: Resources, Policies, and Regional Image: Welcome and Introduction – Prof Randy Stringer, Global Food Studies, University of Adelaide
  • South Australia’s Land and Soil Resources – James Hall, South Australia Principal Soil Scientist
  • South Australia’s Water Policy and Resources – Prof Mike Young, Chair in Water Economics and Management at the University of Adelaide
  • Ways to Keep Land in Agriculture – Dave Sands, Former Regional Director, B.C. Ministry of Agriculture and Lands
  • Q&A – moderated by Prof Randy Stringer, Global Food Studies, University of Adelaide
  • Opening of overview of final session – Prof Randy Stringer, Global Food Studies, University of Adelaide
  • Why Promoting Regions Works – Assoc Prof Wendy J. Umberger, Global Food Studies, University of Adelaide
  • How Europeans Support Regions – Dr Douglas Bardsley, Senior Lecturer in Geography, Environment and Population, School of Social Sciences, University of Adelaide
  • How to Capture Regional Values – Prof Maria L. Loureiro, Department of Economics, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain
  • Afternoon speaker panel – moderated by Prof Randy Stringer, Global Food Studies, University of Adelaide

Podcast: Shenggen Fan – China and India’s policy options for their global food and nutrition security

Listen to a podcast of Dr Shenggen Fan, Director General, The International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington, DC presenting “China and India’s policy options for their global food and nutrition security”.

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From the Natural Resources in Demand Symposium Global and Local Perspectives October 11th, 2012.

Sponsors and partners include:

More information about the symposium (including registration) can be found on the School’s events page.

Podcast: The land that feeds us: global scarcity and its implications

Listen to a podcast of Dr Derek Byerlee, International Agricultural Policy Specialist and author of “Rising Global Interest in Farmland” presenting “The land that feeds us: global scarcity and its implications”.

From the Natural Resources in Demand Symposium Global and Local Perspectives October 11th, 2012.

Natural Resources in Demand

 

The Waite Research Institute is proud to sponsor the upcoming symposium on “Natural Resources in Demand” hosted by the University of Adelaide’s School of Economics, to be held in the Plant Research Centre Auditorium on the 11th of October, 2012.

With an expected global population of 9 billion people by 2050, the demand for land and natural resources is greater than ever. The need to provide food security in the face of ever decreasing amounts of arable land and the implications of a changing climate add to the challenge. This symposium will give global and local perspectives on these topics by bringing together research and policy experts.

The symposium will feature the following speakers and talks:

  • Symposium opening and introduction – Prof Christopher Findlay, Executive Dean, Faculty of Professions, University of Adelaide
  • The land that feeds us: global scarcity and its implications – Dr Derek Byerlee, International Agricultural Policy Specialist and author of “Rising Global Interest in Farmland”
  • Sustainable water and natural resource management – Prof Mike Young, Chair in Water Economics and Management at the University of Adelaide
  • China and India’s policy options for their global food and nutrition security – Dr Shenggen Fan, Director General, The International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington, DC
  • Growth in emerging economies: impact on global food security by 2030 – Prof Kym Anderson, George Gollin Professor of Economics, Executive Director of the Wine Economics Research Centre, University of Adelaide
  • Morning speaker panel – moderated by Prof Roger Leigh, Director Waite Research Institute, University of Adelaide
  • Building Competitive Agricultural Landscapes for South Australia: Resources, Policies, and Regional Image: Welcome and Introduction – Prof Randy Stringer, Global Food Studies, University of Adelaide
  • South Australia’s Land and Soil Resources – James Hall, South Australia Principal Soil Scientist
  • South Australia’s Water Policy and Resources – Prof Mike Young, Chair in Water Economics and Management at the University of Adelaide
  • Ways to Keep Land in Agriculture – Dave Sands, Former Regional Director, B.C. Ministry of Agriculture and Lands
  • Q&A – moderated by Prof Randy Stringer, Global Food Studies, University of Adelaide
  • Opening of overview of final session – Prof Randy Stringer, Global Food Studies, University of Adelaide
  • Why Promoting Regions Works – Assoc Prof Wendy J. Umberger, Global Food Studies, University of Adelaide
  • How Europeans Support Regions – Dr Douglas Bardsley, Senior Lecturer in Geography, Environment and Population, School of Social Sciences, University of Adelaide
  • How to Capture Regional Values – Prof Maria L. Loureiro, Department of Economics, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain
  • Afternoon speaker panel – moderated by Prof Randy Stringer, Global Food Studies, University of Adelaide

More information about the symposium (including registration) can be found on the School’s events page here.

Use #food2050 to join in the discussion on Twitter. There will be live tweeting from the event and podcasts available shortly after.

 

Dr Shakeel Bhatti, Secretary of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture visits the Waite

Dr Shakeel Bhatti, Secretary of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (the Treaty) at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation visited the Waite Campus on the 20th of March and presented a public seminar on:

“The Global Genepool: An innovative approach to the global food security challenge”

To hear Dr Bhatti’s seminar click here. To see a summary of Dr Bhatti’s seminar on Twitter click here.

The Treaty is an international agreement with the overall goal of supporting global food security, allows governments, farmers, research institutes and agro-industries to work together by pooling their genetic resources and sharing the benefits from their use – thus protecting and enhancing our food crops while giving fair recognition and benefits to local farmers who have nurtured these crops through the millennia.

With this Treaty, 64 important crops that produce our food – such as rice, wheat, maize and potatoes –  are put into a common pool. The treaty facilitates access to those crops, makes them available free of charge to researchers and plant breeders who agree to share any future commercial benefits from their use in modern plant breeding or biotechnology. This recognition and this benefit sharing are designed to ensure equity and encourage farmers to continue conserving and using the diversity in their fields.

Since he took office in 2007, Dr Bhatti managed the launch of the first multilaterally governed, global access and benefit-sharing system, which now contains more than 1.5 million samples of plant genetic material and facilitates more than 600 transfers of genetic material every day from international genebanks alone.

Besides the genepool, Dr Bhatti established and facilitated the launch of the Benefit-sharing Fund of the Treaty with a target of US$116 million by 2014. Currently, he has raised more than US$15 million to support 30 in-situ projects in 35 countries throughout the developing world.

For more information about the Treaty, please visit www.planttreaty.org

The 2nd A. E. V. Richardson Lecture

Dissecting nitrogen use efficiency in modern wheat, or who cares about nitrogen, and what can we do about it?

Food security and sustainable crop production are major concerns for agriculture, particularly with an increasing world population and the pressures on land use combined with negative impacts of climate change. Underpinning crop production is the efficient use of resources including fertilisers. Nitrogen fertiliser is a key determinant for both yield and quality in crops; however inappropriate use has negative economic and environmental consequences. The logical targets for crop improvement in relation to nutrient use efficiency and production will be discussed by Dr Malcolm J. Hawkesford who has been invited to deliver the 2nd A.E.V. Richardson Lecture in recognition of his contribution to agronomy and commitment to integrating research from the level of the gene through to field physiology and agronomy.

The A.E.V. Richardson Lecture is named in honour of the former foundation Professor of Agriculture and first Director of the Waite Agricultural Research Institute. Before joining the University of Adelaide in 1924, Professor Richardson was the Superintendent of Agriculture for Victoria and played a large role in establishing the School of Agriculture at the University of Melbourne. His direction of agricultural education and research continued during his time as Director of the Waite (1924 to 1938). He preached and practised a constant theme: advances in agricultural practice and increased productivity depended on scientifically based experimentation. Richardson’s main fields of personal research were cereal agronomy, pasture research and wheat-breeding. From 1934 to 1946, Richardson was Deputy Chief Executive Officer of CSIR and then Chief Executive Officer until his retirement in 1949. Richardson directed research and development in Australian primary production over the period of its most rapid growth. A.E.V. Richardson died in December 1949.

Date/Time: Monday 29th November, 4pm
Location:
Plant Genomics Centre Seminar Room, Waite Campus
Speaker: Dr Malcolm J. Hawkesford (Rothamsted Research, UK)
Cost
: Free

The presentation will be followed by drinks and nibbles

For further Information contact: Dr Amanda Able