Feed the world

Discover how our agricultural research is helping
to make chronic hunger and malnutrition a thing
of the past

The key issue: More people, less land for food production

Despite the significant progress made over the last two decades, more than 1 billion people around the world still go hungry, every day.


Still go hungry, everyday

Hunger and malnutrition are the number one risk to health worldwide - greater than AIDS,
malaria and tuberculosis combined, according to the World Food Program.

There are many factors at play

Increasing populations, decreasing farmlands,
and our changing climate. Nevertheless, the
planet has the capacity to produce enough
food for everyone – in theory.

It's our mission to make that a reality in practice.

What is UWA doing about this global issue?

Achieving food security and sustainability for all is at the heart of our agricultural research.

We’re improving productivity and adapting agriculture for our changing climate by harnessing everything from cutting-edge DNA technologies and cell biology research to biotechnology.

Our research focuses on
knowledge-informed agriculture

  • Smarter genetics
  • Better breeding of crops and
  • Innovative farming systems
  • Improved soil health management
  • Smarter irrigation technologies
  • Integrated land and water management
  • Rural and regional economics, policy
    and development

More Agriculture projects

Dr. Michael Considine

The seasonal perception and regulation of dormancy in grapevine

Plants have evolved to specialise in niche environments. Their ability to optimise their form and physiology under changes to that environment – which we call plasticity – is a feature that distinguishes plants from animals. There is no ‘normal climate’ for plants. Deciduous plants change their form through annual cycles…

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Assoc. Prof. Guijun Yan

A fast generation system of crop plants for genetic analysis and breeding

Many plant breeding projects – such as those aiming to increase food production – depend on getting ‘pure lines’ of plants but this can take a lot of time as, most of the time, it depends on self-pollination for several generations. Several years may be required following a traditional process….

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Assoc Prof. Louise Barton

Does increasing soil carbon increase soil nitrous oxide emissions?

Increasing soil organic carbon is promoted as a strategy for sequestering carbon dioxide and mitigating anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions. Increasing soil carbon can benefit crop productivity; however, there is a risk that it may also enhance nitrous oxide emissions, a potent greenhouse gas. Understanding how increasing soil carbon effects soil…

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