Focusing on the global need for sustainable food production systems

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 2: Zero Hunger focuses on achieving food security and nutrition and highlights the need for sustainable agriculture to feed an increasing number of people worldwide.

Griffith’s world-class researchers aim to inform policy and practice change for improved sustainability and resilience of our food production systems.

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Ranking in the top 2% of universities worldwide, Griffith University offers future-focused degrees that are developed in consultation with industry, based on cutting-edge research, and taught by Australia’s most awarded teachers.

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Research

Griffith’s Food Futures’ broad research capability spans from fundamental research in chemical and biomolecular systems, to native and forest ecosystems, as well as agricultural and horticultural production systems—all requiring evidence-based strategies for sustainable management and optimised productivity.

Research Centres and Institutes

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Griffith hosts first joint workshop on Soil and Food Security

At Griffith’s Environmental Futures Research Institute, a group of scientists is passionate about food security and novel ways to secure productivity through molecular approaches under varying environmental conditions. Novel tools for selective breeding are being developed to improve the sustainability and security of “plant-derived” food production systems. Researchers apply next generation sequencing and transcriptomics to understand salinity and drought tolerance mechanisms, fungal pathogen population dynamics and the genetic pathways enabling fungal pathogen resistances in temperate legume and broad acre crops.

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Sustainability in the water-energy-food nexus

Griffith University hosts the International Secretariat of the Sustainable Water Future Programme of Future Earth. The Programme is a global platform that facilitates international scientific collaboration to drive solutions to the world’s water problems. One of the Working Groups within the Programme is the Sustainable Water-Energy-Food Nexus Working Group, which brings together transdisciplinary expertise from around the world, and ongoing initiatives like the Water-Energy-Food Security Alliance, Australia.