Solid progress through Future Drought Fund

Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

Despite rain, momentum is growing with farmers and communities contributing to local efforts to build drought resilience through the Future Drought Fund (FDF).

The Future Drought Fund 2021-22 Annual Report, released today, details the programs that are helping farmers and communities better prepare for drought.

Deputy Secretary of Agriculture and Food Policy and Research, Rosemary Deininger, said the FDF was an investment by the Australian Government to build drought resilience in Australia’s agriculture sector.

“The agriculture sector is disproportionately exposed and vulnerable to adverse natural hazards,” Ms Deininger said.

“The FDF supports a proactive approach to effective risk management and resilience to future droughts by providing farmers, agribusinesses and communities with the necessary skills, tools and networks.

“The annual report shows that more than 6,550 farmers have been provided with direct support to improve business and risk management skills through just one of its programs – the Farm Business Resilience Program – to 30 June 2022.

“Thousands more farmers have been involved in building drought resilience through the Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hubs, FDF leadership and community programs as well as 150 trial and demonstration projects.

“Australian agriculture is currently a thriving and resilient sector but maintaining that throughout extreme weather conditions require effective management.

“While we are currently in the middle of significant flooding, droughts are a persistent feature of the Australian landscape with substantial economic, social and environmental impacts.

“Continued learning, planning and action are required so that we are ready for the next drought.”

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