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Weathering the ‘Perfect Storm’ – Addressing the Agriculture, Energy, Water, Climate Change Nexus

Organiser(s): Crawford Fund Topics Agriculture
2019-08-12 09:00:00 2019-08-13 17:00:00 Australia/Sydney Weathering the ‘Perfect Storm’ – Addressing the Agriculture, Energy, Water, Climate Change Nexus The Crawford Fund’s annual conference is a highlight of Australia’s agricultural development and food security calendar. Hotel Realm, Parliament House Crawford Fund Calendar

The 2019 Crawford Fund Annual Conference is titled “Weathering the ‘Perfect Storm’ – Addressing the Agriculture, Energy, Water, Climate Change Nexus” and is being held on 12 and 13 August 2019 in Canberra.

“The Perfect Storm” was a term coined by Sir John Beddington, to describe his prediction that by 2030, food shortages, scarce water and insufficient energy resources would threaten to unleash public unrest, cross-border conflicts and mass migration as people fled from the worst-affected regions. Now, 10 years on, the conference will examine the available evidence as to whether the ‘storm’ is still on track to happen, or whether scientific, engineering and agricultural innovation and what is happening in the farmer’s field has lessened or delayed its impact.

The conference will open with Australian Nobel Prize Laureate, Prof Emerita Elizabeth H. Blackburn, PhD making her first address during a visit to Australia as the 2019 Sir John Crawford Memorial Address presenter.