– Diversification for Resilient Food and Nutrition Systems

04-05 September 2023
QT Canberra

The Crawford Fund’s Annual Conference is a highlight of Australia’s agricultural development and food security calendar. For more than three decades we have drawn significant focus to issues worthy of global and national attention, and this September we continue that proud tradition.

This year’s event, titled “Global Food Security in a Riskier World: Diversification for Resilient Food and Nutrition Systems” will focus on how to manage risk and build resilience in the face of the 3Cs – Covid, Climate Change and Conflict.

We will consider how farmers the world over, who are generally facing similar significant risks, can understand risks, and adapt and diversify their production systems to sustain production. 

To this end, our key conference themes will examine on and off farm risks and solutions and key policy settings that will facilitate the development of resilient farming systems.

More details of the conference are here  and you can register here.

We have again used our local and global networks to find thought-provoking expert speakers, and this year’s program includes the following high-profile international and Australian specialists:

  • Dr Cary Fowler, U.S. Special Envoy for Global Food Security
  • Dr Eliane Ubalijoro, CEO, Center for International Forestry Research and World Agroforestry
  • Emeritus Professor Kym Anderson AC, Crawford Fund Medallist
  • Dr Fathiya Mbarak Khamis, Senior Scientist, ICIPE
  • Dr Warren T K Lee, Senior Nutrition & Food Systems Officer, UN FAO
  • Ben Fargher, Environmental Markets Lead, Cargill Asia Pacific

As Australia’s key food security event, our annual conference has consistently attracted delegates from development, research, academia, the private sector, primary production, NGO and advocacy groups, and from decision and policy-making. This will be complemented by a virtual audience, including many from overseas.

And we are pleased to again be bringing a closing ‘conversation’, with this year’s panel focusing on the policy settings needed for building risk and resilience.

Following the success of our foray into hybrid events in recent years, we are once again offering an online option. Special discounts for students and concession cardholders are also available. More details on online, discount and group registration is here.

We hope you can attend and join others to help focus our attention on the way forward.

Conference Scholars

Our conference would not be the same without our conference scholars! We will be continuing our successful Conference Scholars Program, which started in 2010 and has received overwhelmingly positive feedback. The program this year not only offers 50 young researchers and scientists the opportunity to engage in the conference and the separate scholar activities, it also connects them with established mentors in their field. We hope many who attend the conference will volunteer as mentors or donate to the program when they are prompted in the registration process.
We look forward to seeing you at our 2023 conference and hope that the focus on these significant issues improves understanding and appreciation on future directions to ensure food and nutrition security in an increasingly riskier world.