National Committee for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food

The National Committee for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (NCAFF) has four broad aims: to foster the key scientific disciplines that underpin productive and sustainable agriculture, fisheries and food industries in Australia; to link the Academy to scientists in these disciplines; to interact with relevant scientific societies; and to serve as a link between Australian and overseas agricultural scientists, primarily through the International Union for Biological Sciences.

Food security has become a major international concern, so the sciences underpinning the future development of agriculture, fisheries and food are increasingly important. Australia has traditionally been strong in the relevant disciplines, with research undertaken in universities, CSIRO, state government departments and private sector organisations. However, there has been no attempt to provide and apply a blueprint for fostering the relevant sciences nationally, to ensure continued innovation in farming systems. Other National Committees have addressed such concerns by developing decadal plans. A key activity of the NCAFF will be to consider how to deliver a decadal plan for agricultural sciences.

Members

Dr Jeremy James Burdon
Chair
Professor Barbara Howlett
Deputy Chair
Dr Sue Hatcher
Member
Professor Stephen Powles
Member
Professor Jim Pratley
Member
Dr James Hunt
Member
A/Professor Chris Blanchard
Member
A/Professor Caroline Hauxwell
Member
A/Professor Colin Brown
Member
A/Professor Tim Cavagnaro
Member
Professor Abigail Elizur
Member
Professor Holger Mienke
Member
Dr T J Higgins
Observer

Governance

Reports and activities

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