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

Assoc. Prof. Guijun Yan

A fast generation system of crop plants for genetic analysis and breeding

Many plant breeding projects – such as those aiming to increase food production – depend on getting ‘pure lines’ of plants but this can take a lot of time as, most of the time, it depends on self-pollination for several generations. Several years may be required following a traditional process….

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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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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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