Independent Strategic Analysis of Australia’s Global Interests

Global Food and Water Crises

Australia’s greatest responsibility and opportunity in the 21st century is to help feed a hungry world. Mobilisation of political will and an overhaul of the existing global food systems are critical to avert crises.

Russia: Sanctioning Tomatoes Benefits Food Security and Crony Capitalists

In 2014, Russia used Western-imposed sanctions to better develop domestic industries and its plans for food self-sufficiency out to 2020. Russia is now applying this approach to Turkey by maintaining a ban on tomato imports, and wealthy oligarchs are happy to oblige.

The Wasteful Dragon: Food Loss and Waste in China

Reducing food loss and waste will provide China with economic, social and environmental benefits. Changing legislative and regulatory conditions will help to reduce food loss and waste but, to ensure greater success, cultural attitudes will also need to change.

WTO: Will a Meeting in Marrakech Produce a Consensus for Buenos Aires?

The aim of the World Trade Organisation mini-ministerial meeting in Marrakech, Morocco, is to prepare developing countries ahead of the Eleventh Ministerial Conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and to ensure they attend the Conference with a consensus already formed.

The Netherlands: A Source of Knowledge for Qatar’s Agricultural Industry

A visit by seven Dutch horticultural firms to Qatar is a sign that the Gulf state is actively looking to reduce its reliance on foreign imports and increase domestic production.

Fertiliser Overuse in China: A Great Strain on the Environment

Overcoming fertiliser overuse will require innovation and environmental awareness to produce a response that is sustainable and considers the vitality of the natural environment.

United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification: A Fresh Take on Land Degradation?

The Convention’s revised approach to tackling land degradation signals a more regionally-specific approach that emphasises the larger role small farms have in focussing UN-backed efforts to tackle land degradation challenges.

Indonesia: Deforestation puts Jakarta Water Security at Risk

Reducing deforestation in the Ciliwung River basin will help to improve water security in Jakarta and contribute greatly to the reduction of carbon emissions globally.

Iranian Response to Growing Water Scarcity Provides a Chance for Regional Leadership

Water scarcity has led to minor fatal confrontations, and regional transboundary issues are growing too. In the coming years, Iran has a chance to lead through co-operation or be held back and potentially fall into further conflict.

Boko Haram: Exacerbating and Benefiting From Food and Water Insecurity in the Lake Chad Basin

There are multiple social and environmental stressors acting upon the population of the Lake Chad basin. Boko Haram, the largest non-state armed group in the region, has exacerbated and benefited from these stressors.

“Shokuiku”: Japan’s Cultural Shift in Nutritional Perception and Education

Japan has a unique policy and legislation with which to promote nutritional education and inform food choices. Could a similar concept be introduced in Australia?

Publication Guide

  • Associate papers are primary source assessments written by FDI associates. The assessment topics range from regional bilateral relationships and opportunities and challenges in our neighbouring countries.

  • Feature interviews are interviews conducted by an FDI Research Manager. Interview topics range from the sustainability of our planet to the improved provision of emergency food aid.

  • Normally issued in hardcopy, these represent a comprehensive study of one of FDI’s four research areas.

  • Strategic alerts are priority current intelligence items. We provide these alerts when events such as military deployments or foreign election results occur.

  • A 1500 to 3000 word, single topic assessment.

  • A number of short articles addressing current intelligence topics, issued each week.

  • A record of discussions resulting from a single, or series of, roundtable conferences.

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