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

Michael Shane Senior Research Fellow

Metabolic adaptations of Hakea prostrata – a world champion of low phosphorus tolerance

Inorganic phosphate (Pi) is an essential macronutrient for all life, and vital for crop production. The flora in south-western Australia has evolved on some of the world’s most Pi-impoverished soils. This Kwongon region is a biodiversity hotspot of global significance, and the non-mycorrhizal plant family Proteaceae features prominently, particularly on…

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Prof. Harvey Millar

Mitochondrial function in plants and the role of metabolism is the energy efficiency of plants

Mitochondria undertake respiration which provides chemical energy from the oxidative degradation of organic and amino acids in plant cells. Their functions are highly integrated into the nitrogen, phosphorus and carbon metabolism of plants and are directly involved in the abiotic and biotic stress tolerance of plants. Professor Millar’s research has…

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Assoc. Prof. Deirdre Gleeson

Management of microorganisms to unlock the phosphorus bank in soil

Australian grain producers apply $1 billion worth of phosphorus (P) fertilisers each year, but only 50% is taken up by plants. Much of the remaining fertiliser P becomes fixed in soil and the P ‘bank’ in Australian arable soils is estimated to be worth $10 billion. Within Professor Gleeson’s research…

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