February 14, 2023
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is developing a new international development policy to “set the long-term direction for Australia’s international development engagement.”
Related DFAT background noted the new policy will deliver on Australia’s commitment to work in partnership with our neighbours to achieve a peaceful, stable and prosperous Indo-Pacific. It will also see Australia contribute to a global system that can help meet present and future development needs.
The Crawford Fund made a submission to support the preparation of the new international development policy. It focused on the findings of our two major reviews of the benefits accruing to development partners and Australia from Australia’s investment on international agricultural research.
We highlighted that at a time when we are facing the three Cs, climate change, Covid and conflict, it is critical that we invest more in helping developing countries deliver food and nutrition security. We concluded that an increase in the ODA budget devoted to this area is in our view critical if we are going to meet global food security requirements as the population increases to 10 billion by 2050.
Our submission noted the key findings of our commissioned reports were that:
All public submissions are available and those of possible interest were made by:
It is reported that the new development policy will be released ahead of the 2023-24 Federal Budget (May 2023).