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

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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Assoc. Prof. Martha Ludwig

The Molecular Evolution of the C4 Photosynthetic Pathway

Global population is estimated to reach nine billion by 2050. Yields of important crop plants, like rice, wheat, corn and soybean, using current technologies will fall grossly short of demand, and innovative strategies to increase plant productivity are urgently needed.  Plants using C4 photosynthetic biochemistry (e.g. corn) evolved from species…

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Prof. David Pannell

International evaluation of agri-environmental programs

Billions of dollars are spent around the world in programs that aim to protect the environment from adverse effects of agriculture. This project is undertaking critical evaluations of such programs in nine countries. There are many environmental policies and programs in place in developed countries, involving expenditure of large amounts…

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