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

Prof. Daniel Murphy

Ecosystem response to disturbances: Implications for greenhouse gas emissions and nutrient cycling.

This program will provide a framework for understanding the impact of climate and anthropogenic disturbance on ecosystem nutrient cycles and associated greenhouse gas emissions. Research is focused on understanding the microbial populations responsible for the terrestrial component of carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus cycles, with breakthrough technologies being used to address…

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Prof. Stephen Powles

Revealing novel mechanisms conferring evolution of resistance in Lolium (ryegrass).

Professor Powles’ team are collaborating with researchers at the German chemical company Bayer CropScience to identify the genes that enable Lolium (ryegrass) to resist many herbicides through metabolic capacity to degrade herbicides.  Employing state of the art genomics platforms the specific genes responsible for resistance are being identified and ways…

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Prof. Tim Colmer

Waterlogging and submergence tolerance in rice and other wetland plants

Flooding, resulting in soil waterlogging and in many situations even complete submergence of plants, is an important abiotic stress in many regions worldwide. Flooding impacts negatively on agricultural production, and floods shape many natural plant communities (e.g. floodplains and wetlands). Most crop plants suffer when in waterlogged soil; the exception…

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