Aussie farmers join fight against famine

Posted by AFN Staff Writers on 27th October 2011

With the world population expected to reach 7 billion next week, the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) has backed calls for Australian agricultural know-how to take the lead in curbing the world food crisis.

According to a World Vision report released earlier this week, Australia could share its expertise in arid farming techniques.

NFF President Jock Laurie said the experience of Australian agriculture in dealing with drought and water scarcity could form a vital part of the combined Government response to the issue of global food security.

“Australian farmers are world leaders when it comes to productivity, production and efficiency and this means Australian knowledge and expertise is in demand in other countries, particularly developing nations,” Mr Laurie said.

The NFF has also called for Australia’s National Food Plan to take account of increased demand for production domestically. This would include ensuring enough arable land for farming and increased investment in agricultural research and development.

Food security is expected to be a major topic and tomorrow’s Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).