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.

1,000,000,000+

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
    animals
  • 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

Roberto Busi

Impacts and movement of herbicide resistance genes across the Australian landscape

Weeds are one of the greatest constraints to world agriculture’s attempt to produce more food in a limited space.  Modern mechanized agricultural systems are essentially dependent on herbicides to effectively destroy weeds across large cultivated areas.  However, weeds have rapidly evolved resistance to synthetic herbicides.  Herbicide resistance has continued to…

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Prof. Hans Lambers,
Assoc. Prof. Michael William Shane

Metabolic plasticity between Chilean and Australian Proteaceae endemic to soils of contrasting age and total phosphorus content

It is of growing concern internationally to capitalize on the enormous diversity of plant form and function across the globe to unearth novel adaptive traits that might be eventually genetically-engineered into modern crop varieties so they can effectively exploit the significant amounts of insoluble phosphate and organic-P compounds that remain…

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Dr Ken Flower

Impact of crop rotation in a no-tillage systems trial

Conservation agriculture (no-till) cropping systems have had major benefits for farmers, such as improved soil health, timeliness of sowing, moisture conservation and higher yields. The key components of this system are full crop residue (stubble) retention, diverse rotations and minimal soil disturbance. However, the recommendation for full residue retention is…

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