Who we are

The Resilience Initiative for Food and Agriculture is founded by CSIRO, ANU and DFAT.  RIFA aims to catalyse research and development collaboration between research, industry and government agencies interested in creating pathways towards more resilient agri-food systems.  

Partners are involved in research, development, implementation, capacity building, teaching, knowledge sharing, and investment aimed at supporting impact in the Asia-Pacific.  


Australian National University is a world-leading university with a focus on excellence in research and education to address complex contemporary challenges. The Resilience Initiative will draw on expertise from across University’s seven academic colleges and twenty-seven schools, with its core staff based in the Climate Change Institute. 

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Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation is Australia’s national science agency and one of the largest and most diverse scientific research organisations in the world. We use science to solve real issues to unlock a better future for our community, our economy and our planet. The Initiative will draw on experts in applied research and practice from across the organisation, with core staff based in CSIRO Agriculture and Food. 

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Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade works to make Australia stronger, safer and more prosperous, to provide timely and responsive consular and passport services, and to ensure a secure Australian Government presence overseas. The department provides foreign, trade and development policy advice to the government, and work with other government agencies to ensure that Australia’s pursuit of its global, regional and bilateral interests is coordinated effectively.