Ensuring secure food supplies for Australia under climate change

Synthesis and Integrative Research Program

Food security

Food security is a situation which exists when all people at all times have physical, social and economic access to safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life. Food supplies are highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change, which strongly influences drivers of food production such as rainfall and extreme events (droughts or floods). Other effects of climate change include biogeographic shifts of pest species. The strong links between water availability and food security are well known, as is the increasing competition for water between the farming sector and the environment. There are broad implications for social, economic and environmental values which are affected by the impact of climate change on water and food security which are not as well known and which need to be understood and expanded on to support decision making and enable Australian’s to adapt well to climate change.

To help decision makers to address these complex issues, NCCARF has identified five discrete project units that will synthesis existing knowledge of the complex interactions that need to be understood at a range of spatial scales, international to local. The primary focus of this project is food security but, in addressing this topic, it is impossible to ignore relevant aspects of water security at appropriate scales.

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NCCARF Research Final Report: Food Security, Risk Management and Climate Change.

Fact Sheet: Managing risks to food security

Case Study: Implementing food security risk management