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.
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