Increasing Food Production Sustainably in a Changing Climate: Understanding the Pressures and Potential

  • Beverley Henry
  • Richard Conant
  • John Carter
  • Veronique Droulez
  • Peter Grace


Australian agriculture is faced with the dilemma of increasing food production for a growing domestic and world population while decreasing environmental impacts and supporting the social and economic future of regional communities. The challenge for farmers is compounded by declining rates of productivity growth which have been linked to changes in climate and decreasing investment in agricultural research. The answer must lie in understanding the ecological functionality of landscapes and matching management of agricultural systems and use of natural resources to landscape capacity in a changing climate. A simplified mixed grain and livestock farm case study is used to illustrate the challenges of assessing the potential for shifts in land allocation between commodities to achieve sustainable intensification of nutrition production. This study highlights the risks associated with overly-simplistic solutions and the need for increased investment in research to inform the development of practical strategies for increasing food production in Australian agro-ecosystems while managing the impacts of climate change and addressing climate change mitigation policies.


Life Cycle Assessment Food Production Impact Category Climate Change Policy Increase Food Production 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Beverley Henry
    • 1
  • Richard Conant
    • 1
  • John Carter
    • 2
  • Veronique Droulez
    • 3
  • Peter Grace
    • 4
  1. 1.Institute for Future EnvironmentsQueensland University of TechnologyBrisbaneAustralia
  2. 2.Department of ScienceInformation Technology, Innovation and the ArtsBrisbaneAustralia
  3. 3.Meat and Livestock Australia SydneySydneyAustralia
  4. 4.Institute for Future Enviroinments at Queenlsand University of TechnologyBrisbaneAustralia

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