Shock-proof Staples: building system resilience for cereal crops

The Ukraine-Russia war has catalysed and highlighted significant instability in global wheat supply, raising prices and threatening food and nutrition security, particularly for vulnerable populations. In addition, real-time climate change effects are increasing in frequency and magnitude. These act as amplifiers of the current food security crisis, and also add to future risks for the food system. In addition, the effects of Covid-19 have further disrupted supply chains and widened existing inequities, which has the potential for many knock-on effects.

Dr Alison Bentley, Director Global Wheat Program at International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) and a CEAT Fellow, will frame these issues in the wheat crop system and propose near- to long-term practical interventions to enable stability in the short term and build resilience in the long term. These measures have implications for other cereal crops, as well as other food supply chains.

Facilitated by award-winning journalist Alex Sloan AM, the session will also involve an expert panel discussion featuring:

  • Prof Mark Howden, Director of the Institute for Climate, Energy & Disaster Solutions (ICEDS), ANU
  • Prof Sharon Friel, Director of the Menzies Centre for Health Governance at the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet), ANU
  • Dr Eric Huttner, Research Program Manager for Crops at the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)

The seminar/panel discussion will run for 1 1/2 hrs and will be followed by drinks and canapes.

Presented by Centre for Entrepreneurial Agri-Technology (CEAT)