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

Dr. Laura Boykin

Systematics of the African cassava whitefly: identifying the enemy to increase food security

There has been an unprecedented increase in cassava-whitefly, Bemisia tabaci, abundance in the cassava growing regions of East and Central Africa.  The cassava whitefly is responsible for vectoring the plant viruses that have caused two on-going and devastating pandemics, Cassava Mosaic Disease (CMD) and Cassava Brown Streak Disease (CBSD).  Estimates…

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Prof. Wallace Cowling

How Mendel’s peas could change plant breeding in the 21st century

A new approach is proposed to generate a dynamic and evolving gene pool for plant breeders.  If successful, Mendel’s “model” pea plants will help us change the way we breed the world’s major crop plants.  The concept is simple – why not breed plants as if they were animals?  Annual…

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Assoc. Prof. Megan Ryan

Novel strategies for remediation of oil spills using native plants and their rhizosphere microbes

Harnessing native Australian plants and their rhizosphere microbes to enhance breakdown of environmentally persistent petrogenic hydrocarbons (PHCs) from oil spills is the focus of this project (rhizo-remediation). Plant roots exude compounds which may aid breakdown of PHCs either directly, or indirectly through promoting growth of certain soil microbes.  The project…

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