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CSIRO Sustainable Agriculture Flagship Launched

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R&D Info report: CSIRO’s latest research flagship, the $70 million Sustainable Agriculture Flagship, has been officially launched with the aim of increasing productivity by 50% and reducing carbon emissions by the same amount across Australia’s agricultural and forestry sectors.

CSIRO chief executive Dr Megan Clark said CSIRO scientists will collaborate with government agencies, universities and agribusinesses to find new, environmentally-friendly farming and forestry alternatives.

There will be four main research areas:

  • Greenhouse gas management and carbon storage in land use systems. The target of reducing the greenhouse gas emissions per unit of food and fibre production by at least 50 per cent by 2030 will involve a mix of productivity growth, emissions reduction and carbon storage in soils and vegetation.
  • Landscape systems and trends – innovative earth observation and knowledge systems to inform land use planning, policy options and natural resource assessment.
  • Partnering for International Food and Fibre Security
  • Partnering for impact – inoving collaboration with industry, government departments and agencies, and the research community.

About 60 per cent of the funding allocated to the Flagship will come from the federal government, with the rest mainly in competitive grant funding from public and private sources.  The flagship is headed by director, Dr Brian Keating. 

CSIRO’s latest research flagship, the $70 million Sustainable Agriculture Flagship, has been officially launched with the aim of increasing productivity by 50% and reducing carbon emissions by the same amount across Australia’s agricultural and forestry sectors.

CSIRO chief executive Dr Megan Clark said CSIRO scientists will collaborate with government agencies, universities and agribusinesses to find new, environmentally-friendly farming and forestry alternatives.

There will be four main research areas:

§   Greenhouse gas management and carbon storage in land use systems. The target of reducing the greenhouse gas emissions per unit of food and fibre production by at least 50 per cent by 2030 will involve a mix of productivity growth, emissions reduction and carbon storage in soils and vegetation.

§   Landscape systems and trends – innovative earth observation and knowledge systems to inform land use planning, policy options and natural resource assessment.

§   Partnering for International Food and Fibre Security

§   Partnering for impact – inoving collaboration with industry, government departments and agencies, and the research community.

About 60 per cent of the funding allocated to the Flagship will come from the federal government, with the rest mainly in competitive grant funding from public and private sources.  The flagship is headed by director, Dr Brian Keating.