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.

Climate Change and Violent Conflict in Kenyan Pastoral Lands: UN Sustainable Development Goals Present a Way Forward

Climate change contributes to rising tensions between pastoral communities in north-west Kenya. Adaptive measures that help achieve sustainable growth and development could reduce the potential for conflict. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals offer a foundation upon which to build a national response that is sensitive to the specific needs of pastoral communities.

Yemen: Red Cross Purchases Fuel for Water but Only a Stop-Gap Solution

The International Committee of the Red Cross has committed to temporarily purchasing fuel to provide clean water to thousands of Yemenis in urgent need.

Investment in Orphan Crops: An Overlooked Piece of the Food Security Puzzle?

An increase in the research and development of underused food crops will benefit those already producing and consuming them. With the development of new markets, however, these benefits could be exported to a much larger share of the global population.

Lifting the Fukushima Exports Ban Won’t Save Japan’s Agribusinesses

Japan has called on certain South-East Asian countries to lift an import ban on agricultural products coming from areas affected by the Fukushima nuclear disaster, assuring the safety of food supplies. To boost agribusiness and exports, however, Japan needs to address wider structural flaws in its agricultural industry.

Chinese Belt and Road Initiative Suffers a Double-Blow from Hydropower Agreements

Despite several memoranda of understanding being signed with Pakistan and Nepal, both countries have pulled out of dam-building agreements with China.

Australian National Food Waste Strategy: Defining the Problem and Setting Future Goals

The National Food Waste Strategy outlines the economic and environmental rationale for halving food waste by 2030. Future plans will focus on efforts to divert food waste from landfill and implementing measures that avoid, reuse and recycle food waste.

US Global Water Strategy 2017

The Trump Administration’s Global Water Strategy has not been designed to just bolster the water supply of poor countries, but to ensure US aid is spent wisely.

Indonesia: Climate Change Adaptation in Jakarta key to Relieving Flood Damage

Flood adaptation and prevention is important for Jakarta to minimise losses and damage left by frequent floods.

China’s Quest for Nutritional Security

Nutrition is an important, but underappreciated, component of Chinese food security. A greater appreciation of the role that access to nutritious food plays in economic productivity could help to reduce the economic burden of an ageing population.

US Leads Calls for World Bank Lending Reform to Help the World’s Poor

Recent testimony from a senior US Treasury official suggests that the US is in the process of re-evaluating its foreign assistance programme, potentially leading to institutional adjustments that could improve food and water security in developing countries.

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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