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Farmers versus famine: tackling global food insecurity

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Published on Apr 7, 2011

CSIRO is working with farmers and government departments to research practical options to respond and adapt to climate change.

Australia's primary industries have always operated in a highly variable climate. This poses significant challenges but Australian farmers are some of the most adaptable in the world and this responsiveness and efficiency has enabled Australia to contribute to food security.

Climate change has, and will, introduce even greater challenges with shifting patterns of rainfall, increased temperatures in many places, droughts, and extreme weather events. However, there are opportunities and farmers are looking at how they can take these up.

The resilient farmers project is a partnership between CSIRO, Queensland Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation, Birchip Cropping Group Victoria, New South Wales Department of Primary Industries and the South Australian Research and Development Institute. The project is partially funded by the Grains Research and Development Corporation and Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) under the Climate Change Research Program.

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