New perspectives on food future

Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

A series of webinars on Australia’s sustainable food future will be held in May and June 2021.

Assistant Secretary Matt Worrell said the Australian Food Systems Summit Dialogues were a chance for interested stakeholders to come together and share ideas before the UN Food Systems Summit in September.

“These discussions will bring together policymakers, farmers, industry, academia and community groups to discuss ideas, opportunities and challenges facing food systems,” Mr Worrell said.

“We know that as populations grow, we need to be able to feed more people, support our farmers and consider impacts on our natural environment.

“For example, our first webinar is called Growing Greener – food production and a healthy environment.

“We’ll be discussing the need to produce more food with less environmental impact and what the solutions look like, such as innovation, technology, and the role market-based approaches can play.

“We’re aiming for these discussions to be as open, transparent and representative as possible.

“There will be five webinars in total. When complete, they will be a key part of Australia’s input into the Food Systems Summit.”

To register for a webinar, visit UN Food Systems Summit 2021 – Department of Agriculture.

Fast Facts:

  • The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is hosting five webinars to discuss Australia’s food future and provide input into the UN Food Systems Summit 2021.
  • The first webinar will be held on Thursday 13 May 2021. The panelists’ discussion will be followed by a Q&A session with participants.
  • The expert panelists include:
    • Fiona Simson, President, National Farmers Federation
    • Professor Richard Eckard, Professor of Sustainable Agriculture, University of Melbourne
    • Professor Andrew McIntosh, Associate Dean (Research), ANU College of Law.
  • The second webinar will be held on Thursday 20 May 2021. For more information on upcoming dialogues and to register for a webinar, visit UN Food Systems Summit 2021 – Department of Agriculture.

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