Climate change denial may be hindering financing of agricultural adaptation research
Colin Chartres, the head of the Crawford Fund for International Agricultural Research — a leading advocacy group — has expressed concern that climate change denial may be limiting agricultural research funding in Australia. More research is needed to facilitate the necessary climate-related transformation of agriculture and food production, both in Australia and globally. More research is particularly important in the push to improve climate-smart land management practices and to build greater food security in vulnerable low-income countries.
Chartres claims that without adequate funding for research, Australia will miss an opportunity to be a world leader in sustainable agriculture. The country is well-positioned to lead the charge toward low-carbon farming, as methods and technologies developed in Australia could be used in similar semi-arid, humid environments around the world.