Science can sow the seeds of food security

20 July 2012

Researchers, scientists and policymakers have examined how combining science and public policy can feed Australia in a specialist panel at the ANU Crawford School of Public Policy.

Panelist and director of the ANU Poverty Research Centre Professor Peter Warr said that, now more than ever, it was essential to link the latest science in the field to policy.

“In an increasingly land and resource-limited world, food security and agricultural sustainability are crucial issues for Australian policymakers,” said Professor Warr, who is the John Crawford Professor of Agricultural Economics in the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific.

“Luckily, Australia is also home to world-leading plant science. For example, the plant photosynthesis work taking place at ANU is increasing plant productivity and could go a long way towards solving burning agricultural issues. However, we need to make sure that breakthrough science and research like this is able to inform and connect to public policy.

“The panel brought together researchers and policymakers to explore issues of both ‘science for policy’ – the ways in which breakthrough scientific research can contribute to ongoing policy development – and ‘policy for science’, or how government can better support science and technological innovation to realise its fullest potential and most effectively achieve desired societal outcomes.”

Professor Warr was joined by fellow ANU agricultural economist Professor Kym Anderson as well as ANU plant scientists Professor Jill Gready and Professor Murray Badger and Dr Simon Hearn from the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.

The forum formed part of the week-long public policy futures and innovation event hosted by the ANU Crawford School of Public Policy, Policy public: ideas, insights and initiatives until 2020. The ANU Crawford School of Public Policy is the ANU ‘gateway’ to public policy, modelled on Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

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