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What can farmers do? GRA side event workshop

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Farmer-led, science-based greenhouse gas mitigation: Strategies for Australia and abroad

A workshop on innovative practices making a difference

Tuesday, 23 March 2021  |  2.00pm – 5.15pm

Momentum is gathering around climate change action. The impact of Australia’s worst summer of bushfires, a changing political approach globally and recent discussions about net zero emissions by 2050 have again focused attention on the issue. It is therefore timely to focus on constructive, solution-based ideas, particularly in agriculture, which in Australia, is already feeling the impact of climate change.  

The Crawford Fund and ACIAR are hosting a workshop to highlight exactly what farmers can do, and are doing, to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. These innovative practices are making a difference and provide strategies that could be implemented across Australia and around the world.

The workshop is a key event coinciding with the Council meeting of the Global Research Alliance (GRA) on Greenhouse Gases in Agriculture, which is chaired by Australia represented by ACIAR.  Activities of the GRA are increasingly relevant to both global and national priorities as more importance is placed on global food security and the resilience of agricultural systems. 

We are proud that our event will be Australia’s first Independent Dialogue as part of the lead up to the UN Food Systems Summit – it will contribute directly to the Summit’s ambitious vision and objectives in the Decade of Action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. Following our workshop, we will be reporting back on the key findings to inform the Summit process, so encourage your involvement to attend and to be part of the discussion. Attendees will be able to submit questions during the event.

Cost: Free and online
Program: available here
Register: via Eventbrite
Speaker bios and topics: available here

Speakers include:

  • The Hon John Anderson AO FTSE, Chair of the Crawford Fund, 
  • Fiona Simson GAICD, Chair, Commission for International Agricultural Research and President, National Farmers Federation 
  • Professor Andrew Campbell FTSE FAICD, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)      
  • Lucinda Corrigan, FAICD, FARLF, Director, Rennylea Pastoral Company
  • Mark Wootton, Owner, Jigsaw Farms
  • Terry McCosker, Director and Co-Founder, Resource Consulting Services
  • Richard Eckard, Director, Primary Industries Climate Challenge Centre, The University of Melbourne
  • Maartje SevensterSenior Research Scientist, Climate Smart Agriculture, CSIRO
  • Jamie Isbister, Ambassador for the Environment, First Assistant Secretary, Economic Growth and Sustainability Division, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Dr Colin Chartres, Chief Executive Officer, The Crawford Fund 
  • Dr Daniel Walker, Chief Scientist, ACIAR