Resilience in a Time of Uncertainty

February 15, 2022

The Crawford Fund was pleased to again assist the Australasian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society (AARES) in grabbing some media attention for the topics covered at their annual conference. In 2022, it was their 66th conference, held from 7-11 February, online for the first time, with a theme on Resilience in a Time of Uncertainty.

As the pre-eminent society promoting research relevant to Australasia in agricultural, environmental, food, and resource economics and agribusiness, the event once again had distinguished international and keynote speakers from around the world and Australia and over 120 contributed papers across a broad range of agriculture, development, environment and energy issues.

Those of particular interest to the Crawford Fund family, with a focus on food and nutrition security, included:

  • Prof Johan Swinnen, Director General of the eminent Washington-based International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), addressing Transforming Food Systems Post COVID-19
  • Professor Elizabeth Robinson, Director of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics, addressing Climate Change and Health
  • Professor Will Masters, Professor of Food Economics and Policy in the Friedman School of Nutrition and the Department of Economics at Tufts University in Boston on Food Policy, Prices and Nutrition
  • Professor Anita Wreford at the Agribusiness and Economics Research Unit at Lincoln University will address Adapting to Climate Change in an Uncertain Future
  • Dr Svetlana Edmeades, Senior Agriculture Economist in the Europe and Central Asia Region of the World Bank will address Green, Resilient and Inclusive Agriculture: Walking the Talk

The press materials prepared by the Fund are available here. Media who zoomed in for the online event included from Bloomberg Press and a variety of national agricultural papers, and the Fund’s Director of Outreach, Cathy Reade, organized a range of media interviews carried out by National Rural Commercial News, National Community Radio Current Affairs “The Wire”, ABC Country Hour programs, and ABC Canberra Mornings.

It was special for the Crawford Fund’s Director of Capacity Building, Prof Shaun Coffey, to chair the session by Jo Swinnen from IFPRI, given Sir John’s crucial role in the Institute’s establishment and having been the first chair.

Another announcement of special note was the AARES NextGen member who won the AARES supported Crawford Fund conference scholarship. Doctoral candidate Tshering Samdrup from the School of Ag and the Environment at the University of WA will get to attend the scholar activities around the 2022 conference including personal discussions with inspiring international speakers and the matching of personal mentors for the duration of the event.

We look forward to the 67th conference in 2023!