Independent Strategic Analysis of Australia’s Global Interests

Feature Interviews

Keith Pekin: Implementing Regenerative Agriculture in WA

The health of our agricultural soils is declining caused by salinity, acidity and other factors. West Australian farmers, with support from government, are working hard to improve their soil and land management practices to ensure their ability to be able to produce the food needed to feed our future population.

Sue Daubney: Bannister Downs Dairy

Opportunities exist for Australian farmers to develop and expand their farm business operations, with the objective of producing healthy and safe food for domestic and international markets. Key factors that will influence their business development will be incorporating both current and future technology in combination with automated food products, packaging and distribution systems.

The Honourable Jim Chown MLC, Member for Agricultural Region; Shadow Minister for Agriculture & Food; Regional Development; Royalties for Regions; Fisheries

The farming industry in Western Australia plays a major role in feeding the State’s growing population and that of the rest of the country. If our farmers are to continue to be able to meet the future demand for healthy and nutritious food, investment in diverse agricultural research and development programmes will be required.

Peter Batt: The State of Food and Agriculture, Part 2

The ability to meet rising food demand, in light of continuing population growth, is of increasing concern to the global community. In response, government, public and private enterprise, farmers and food producers and the wider community, must recognise and deal with a range of conflicting issues relating to our ability to ensure food security.

Peter Batt: The State of Food and Agriculture, Part 1

The ability to meet food demand, in light of continuing population growth, is of increasing concern to the global community. In response, government, public and private enterprise, farmers and food producers and the wider community, must recognise and deal with a range of conflicting issues relating to our ability to ensure food security.

Major General The Honourable Michael Jeffery, AC, AO (Mil), CVO, MC (Retd): National Soils Advocate

Since 2012, General Jeffery has striven to provide leadership and national strategic direction to the extensive work being done by soil scientists and landscape managers across Australia. He has worked tirelessly to raise public awareness of the critical role soil plays in underpinning sustainable agricultural productivity and helping to meet the global challenges of food security and climate change.

Major General Stephen Day, DSC, AM: Coordinator-General for Drought, Part 2

Gaining an understanding of the wide-ranging effects of the current drought in Australia is critical to defining, developing and implementing effective strategies for future drought preparedness. It is also important to consider social, economic and environmental factors in that strategy.

Major General Stephen Day, DSC, AM: Coordinator-General for Drought, Part One

As the dry conditions in Australia continue to worsen, the immediate effects that drought has on farmers and farming communities need to be understood and communicated widely. So too, does the necessity of determining, defining and articulating the higher order social, economic and environmental consequences.

Stephen Frost – Stonemeal Farm

Daily, Australian primary producers face challenges to their farm operations. These can vary from the availability of water and health of their stock, to plant health, disease and a changing climate. Addressing those issues directly reflects on farm productivity and ‘bottom line’ outcomes. Adopting a biological approach in farming practices results in fewer issues needing to be addressed, lower costs and increased productivity.

Perspectives of a Bedouin Diplomat: Ishmael Khaldi

Israel is not perfect, but it is a successful, open, multi-ethnic, multi-religious country, in which non-Jewish communities increasingly feel that they are a part of Israeli society. The security threats faced by Israel have changed and the new range of common threats means that there is a growing acceptance in the region of the existence of Israel. Within Israel itself, the Bedouin community, as a minority within a minority, faces some particular challenges, including the need to preserve traditional values while successfully managing the changes brought about by modern technology.

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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