WEATHERING THE ‘PERFECT STORM’

Addressing the Agriculture, Energy, Water, Climate Change Nexus

12-13 August 2019, Canberra

 

The Crawford Fund’s annual conference is a highlight of Australia’s agricultural development and food security calendar. For almost 30 years we have drawn significant focus to issues worthy of global and Australian attention, and this August we continue that long proud tradition.

“The Perfect Storm” was a term coined by Sir John Beddington, the Sir John Crawford memorial address presenter when UK Chief Scientist, to describe his prediction that by 2030, food shortages, scarce water and insufficient energy resources would threaten to unleash public unrest, cross-border conflicts and mass migration as people fled from the worst-affected regions.

Now, 10 years after Sir John’s dire prediction, our 2019 conference will examine the available evidence as to whether the ‘storm’ is still on track to happen, or whether scientific, engineering and agricultural innovation and what is happening in the farmer’s field has lessened or delayed its impact.

The conference will open on 12 August with Australian Nobel Prize Laureate, Prof Emerita Elizabeth H. Blackburn, PhD making her first address during a visit to Australia at our specially styled networking dinner. In the 2019 Sir John Crawford Memorial Address she will discuss how her lifetime’s research journey led to her broader interests in optimizing human health, including nutrition in an address titled “From Looking Down the Microscope to Looking Out the Window.”

On 13 August, our full-day event will again be in Parliament House, Canberra, and we are pleased that after nearly three decades we are able to move the event to the Great Hall.

Once again we have brought together leading international and Australian thinkers and practitioners and an interactive day that includes:

  • Keynote presentations from eminent international public and private sector experts.
  • Targeted overview presentations on the status quo and innovative policy and development project options that address a set of significant nexus issues, this year highlighting where action is needed or underway around agriculture, energy and water which are all further exacerbated by climate change impacts.
  • A set of examples of impact delivered as case studies in short, rapid-fire presentations by leading Australian and international researchers across industries, global regions and agricultural sectors.

By providing extended question and answer sessions and opportunities for informal networking, the Fund’s annual conference allows participants to contribute and to place food security issues into a context relevant to their lives and work.

Our conference audience will include the views from science, agriculture, politics, business and civil society to help focus our attention on the way forward.

We hope to welcome you to our 2019 event and have your input and insights on these significant issues in order to improve understanding and appreciation of what must be done to ensure food and nutrition security in a complex world.