$ 150 million missions to boost Australia’s agriculture and food sectors



The $ 150 million investment from CSIRO, government and industry will tackle drought, food export market and growing protein market.

CSIRO chief executive Dr Larry Marshall said the three missions together aim to seize a $ 20 billion opportunity for Australian agriculture to expand its position as a world leader.

“For over a century, CSIRO has worked with farmers and governments to improve life on this great land – but today we bring all of our latest science and technology, from artificial intelligence to genetics. and smart materials, to overcome our oldest national challenge – drought, ”said Dr Marshall.

“Overcoming the effects of drought, protecting the authenticity of Australian products and inventing new markets will grow one of our most important national industries.

“Australia has a natural competitive advantage in agricultural technology, as does Silicon Valley in technology – these missions leverage that advantage to develop these local businesses and improve the quality of life for the Australians who work there. “

These are part of CSIRO’s mission program to support Australia’s future, where we use science to amplify Australia’s advantages and strengths on a global scale. The research missions aim to:

  • Reduce the impacts of drought by 30%
  • Increase the value of Australian agri-food exports by $ 10 billion, and
  • Produce an additional $ 10 billion in high-quality protein products by 2030.

“Tackling challenges of this size requires an approach from Team Australia, which is why we are proud to have so many people on board to help Australian agriculture become more resilient, profitable and produce more abundant food. healthier for Australians and our customers around the world, ”said Dr Marshall.

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) Managing Director Jason Strong said each of the three missions targeted a critical challenge and opportunity to ensure Australia’s meat and livestock industry continues to be the trusted source of highest quality protein.

“MLA is focused on building a new frontier for Australia’s red meat sector, which will help the sector double in value by 2030, develop innovative clean food technologies and create new markets here in Australia and abroad, ”said Mr. Strong.

Mission 1: Resilience to drought. With droughts in Australia expected to increase in frequency and severity, the mission aims to reduce the impacts of droughts by 30 percent by 2030. Researchers will study new farming systems that use water more efficiently, technologies for securing regional water supplies and new tools based on localized climate data that will facilitate the agriculture of tomorrow.

The mission is vital to protect agricultural profitability, strengthen the economic resilience and water security of regional communities, and improve environmental outcomes.

Mission 2: Trusted agrifood exports. Australia can increase the value of its agri-food exports such as our horticultural and cattle products by $ 10 billion by 2030. The mission will improve access to high-value markets through new isotope fingerprinting tools that can support the proof of origin of foods and check their cleanliness and green credentials.

The mission will also reduce the cost of meeting export requirements through new automated systems that use remote sensors and other technologies.

Mission 3: Future Protein. There is a $ 10 billion opportunity for Australian growers and producers to create the future protein for the growing world population. The mission will protect and develop existing livestock and aquaculture industries, develop new plant-based products and use new technologies, such as bioproduction to create new proteins or even turn waste into food products. great value.

Launched in August 2020, CSIRO’s mission program focuses on addressing the six major challenges we face as a nation – our health and well-being, our food safety and quality, our national security, the resilience of our environment, the sustainability of our energy and resources. , and the future of our industries.

These missions envision a future where we use science to amplify Australia’s advantages and strengths on a global scale.

Missions, by their nature, have ambitious and far-reaching goals that are far broader than what an organization can achieve on its own. CSIRO works with partners to carry out each of its missions.

In addition to tackling drought, increasing food exports and developing protein markets, the Missions program seeks to tackle daunting challenges such as building an affordable hydrogen industry, the end plastic waste and the possibility for regions to achieve net zero emissions.

Team Australia on a mission – our partners

Partnerships are the lifeblood of our missions, and we will not create impact without them.

The Drought Resilience Mission brings together CSIRO, the Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment and the Bureau of Meteorology.

The Trusted Agrifood Exports Mission has ongoing projects with the Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment, Hort Innovation and Meat and Livestock Australia.

The Future Protein Mission brings together CSIRO with the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources, the Government of Victoria State, Meat & Livestock Australia and the Grains Research & Development Corporation as well as partners from the v2food industry, GrainCorp, Ridley, Clara Foods, Wide Open Agriculture and start-ups like Eden Brew. The mission also works with Food Innovation Australia Limited; Austrade; the Victorian-era state governments of New South Wales and South Australia; Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries; Western Australia Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development; University of Queensland, University of Sydney, University of Technology Sydney, University of NSW and Edith Cowan University.

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The three missions will develop the Australian agri-food sector.
The Trusted Agrifood Exports mission will develop new technologies to verify the clean and green credentials of Australian products.
Wheat field
Researchers are studying new farming systems that use water more efficiently.
Wheat and sheep
The missions will tackle some of the biggest challenges facing the Australian agricultural sector.
Michelle Colgrave, Ryan McAllister, Graham Bonnett
Heads of mission from left to right: Michelle Colgrave – Future Protein; Ryan McAllister – Trusted Agri-Food Exports; and Graham Bonnett – Drought Resilience.
Portier steak and vegetables
Beef is Australia’s largest agri-food export. Photo credit: Meat & Livestock Australia © Jennifer Jenner
BBQ steak
The Future Protein Mission will add value to Australian protein products like red meat. Photo credit: Meat & Livestock Australia © all rights reserved
Head of Dr Larry Marshall in front of a gray wall
Director General of CSIRO, Dr Larry Marshall
A photo of Jason Strong
Jason Strong, Managing Director of Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA)

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B-roll of CSIRO’s research for media use.
CSIRO missions launch interviews for media use.

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