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. In June 2017, the NCAFF launched its Decadal plan for Australian Agricultural Sciences (2017–2026). The committee will now focus on working with key stakeholders across the country to implement the report’s recommendations.

Governance

Reports and activities

Members

Professor Barbara Howlett
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 Jeremy James Burdon
Observer (Past Chair)
Dr T J Higgins
Observer

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