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 Sir John Crawford Memorial Address will be presented by Professor Ross Garnaut AC, who worked with Sir John in many areas of development economics, including as a PhD student and colleague. Ross has had a career built around the analysis of and practice of policy connected to development, economic policy and international relations in Australia, Asia and the Pacific.
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:
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.