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FPJ1102E - Annison, G (2014), Food Security and the Role of Australia’s Manufacturing Sector

FPJ1102 - Annison, G (2014), Food Security and the Role of Australia’s Manufacturing Sector, in Farm Policy Journal: Vol. 11, No. 2, Winter 2014, pp. 33-39.

Food security, or the provision of enough food to meet the needs of the population, has been identified as a major challenge over the next three decades as predictions now indicate the world’s population will exceed 9 billion by 2050. Australia’s contribution to global food security will be limited in terms of the volume of food produced but can be critically important through helping to ensure supply meets demand. Even minor shortfalls can result in volatile swings in food prices, threatening vulnerable populations. Australia can also play a part through advocating policy settings which favour market mechanisms to ensure supply keeps up with demand, and directly supporting increased food production through capability building in agricultural and food sciences in developing countries. In Australia, food security will be assured through having a globally competitive  domestic food manufacturing sector focused on gaining scale through a strong export focus. This will be achieved by leveraging Australia’s reputation and the comparative advantage of having a well regulated, modern, safe and sustainable food production system.  



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