The ENVS8018 - Partnership Research for Agricultural & Natural Resource-Based Development seminar series will showcase a range of speakers over semester 1, 2022 to explore the challenges and opportunities in the global food system.
Achieving food and nutrition security, poverty reduction, improved wellbeing and greater equity, while conserving and enhancing natural capital, and delivering climate change mitigation and adaptation outcomes, are amongst the greatest and most demanding challenges of this century. The UN Sustainable Development Goals articulate ambitions for each of these elements, and progressing towards those ambitions requires that we also address the synergies and tensions between the SDGs.
Over the past 50 years, a global network of institutions and initiatives has emerged to catalyse and communicate research, enable and link researchers, in support of agriculture and natural resources-based development to address these global challenges. Australian researchers, policy makers and practitioners have contributed to this network and activities in a variety of ways; the Australian Center for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) has played a central role in many of these. ACIAR’s partnership mode of research for development is acknowledged globally as an exemplar that other seek to emulate.
About the seminar
Australia takes a comprehensive approach to agriculture and food security, targeting the immediate needs of the poorest, while also strengthening the foundations of agricultural industries through improving agricultural productivity and opening markets. Australia’s approach has a strong focus on women's empowerment, and on the role agriculture plays in addressing the complex problem of improving nutrition. Tristan Armstrong reflects how best to give effect to these elements from his extensive experience in the Asia-Pacific region.
About the speaker
Dr Tristan Armstrong is the Senior Sector Specialist, Agricultural Development and Food Security at DFAT (Climate Integration and Programming Branch, Climate Change and Sustainability Division).