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.

Chinese Admit Three Gorges Dam Failures

Background                                            The Chinese Government has issued a statement admitting that the $23 billion Three Gorges hydro electric dam project is leading to deterioration in the ecology of the region and is vulnerable to geological disasters. The managers of the dam are confronted with conflicting demands for the water, while trying to return profits to their...

A Step Towards An Eco-Friendly Lifestyle In Tanzania

Background Tanzania is currently looking at developing a group of eco-villages with the financial support of the European Commission. Eco-villages are communities designed with the aim of promoting ecological, social and economic sustainability. To support the country’s efforts, the Commission launched the Global Climate Change Alliance in Tanzania on 26 October 2010. Tom Vens, the...

The Future Prospects for Global Arable Land

      Download PDF                                             Key Points Population growth and changing consumption habits will create a considerable degree of additional demand which will in turn place pressure on arable land resources. Arable land scarcity is the result of a range of human and climatic factors including degradation, climate change, soil constraints, urban encroachment and unequal land...

The Rundown on Rainmaking

  Summary Australia’s susceptibility to drought has affected its farming capacity in the past and continues to do so now. This is despite the extensive research on weather modification and the development of technology designed to ameliorate water shortages. Artificial rainmaking has the potential to form a significant component of water resource management. Worldwide, scientists...

Water Surplus Countries

Summary The information collated by organisations such as the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the projections of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) forecast grave situations for future water supply. By 2050, it is predicted that 15 per cent of the world’s countries will be experiencing water deficiency, most of which...

Global Land Limitations

1 ISSUES IDENTIFIED a.Population The issue of population growth focused primarily on the nature of growth, its geographical location and its effect on food security.  The world’s population growth is estimated to reach almost 9 billion by 2050. This is an increase of between 40 and 45 per cent on current levels and will represent...

Japan’s Short-term Food Crisis Overshadows More Prolonged Emerging Challenge

Background As Japan grapples with an immediate food and water crisis as a result of the earthquake, more concerning for the government is the loss of up to 70 per cent of its farmers over the next 5-10 years as “baby-boomers” leave their farms. The age demographic realities of the farming population will make it...

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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