Our activities

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the critical role agri-food systems play in our societies, and has highlighted the current resilience of our agri-food systems, particularly when faced with compound risks arising from coincidence of extreme events, trade disruptions, and interruptions in supply due to pandemic related policy changes.  

Through portfolio of research and application, the Resilience Initiative taps into the Australian innovation system to effectively and flexibly support partner nations to build resilience and recover from shocks and disruptions.  

At the same time, capacity is built across Australian and partnering nation’s innovation systems through training programs, exchanges and teaching and learning opportunities.  

Catalysing the Australian agri-food innovation in the Asia-Pacific will provide unique opportunities for Australian agricultural industries to continue to test and expand current innovations.  

CURRENT ACTIVITIES

  • Asia Pacific agri-food meta-analysis: A rapid assessment of food system pathways for enhanced resilience, aimed at identifying specific entry points for research and development solutions in the Asia-Pacific. 
  • Rapid response and situational analysis dashboard:  A diagnostic approach to allow real-time analysis of food stress. 
  • Tailored interventions to enhance food security in the Pacific and South East AsiaCollaborating with in-country partners to target interventions by leveraging current initiatives and research 

RECENT ACTIVITIES

  • Impact of COVID-19 on Indo-Pacific food systemsAssessment of impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on regional and country-specific food systems. A Technical Report provides a basis for planning future research and development to support food systems resilience in the Indo-Pacific region, primarily from the perspective of smallholder farmers and fishers. 
  • Agribusiness Master ClassThe Agribusiness Master Class (AMC) develops participant knowledge of principles and practical analytical skills needed to apply market, consumer and value chain research methods to real-world agribusiness problems. A program developed by ACIAR, the AMC was delivered in the Philippines in 2019-2020. You can learn more about AMC Philippines by viewing the modules and getting to know the participants 
  • Rapid soil testing: CSIRO has rolled out rapid soil testing platforms, such as mid-infrared spectroscopy, to the Fijian Ministry of Agriculture for rapid, cost-effective soil analysis. This ability enables the Fijian team to provide services that were previously out of reach to many farmers, that is information about their soil. The next proposed step is the testing and deployment of hand-held near infrared sensors to enable in-field soil characterisation. 
  • Seasonal climate information for farming communities in PNG This project is facilitating the use of seasonal climate information in Papua New Guinea (PNG) farming communities to inform food production decisions and by doing so improve food security outcomes for rural communities.