Down Down Down: Food Security Robustness declining across Asia in 2016

– The latest Rice Bowl Index report indicates a decline in food security robustness across Asia, a first since 2012
– Empowering smallholders are key in helping the region achieve a robust food security position
– Long term outlook remains positive but success will require collective action across the food value chain

Last week fifth edition of the Rice Bowl Index (RBI) report was issued. Highlighting changes in the food security landscape in Asia Pacific over the last twelve months, the RBI has seen a decline in food security robustness scores across the region – a stark contrast to the improvement observed in RBI results during 2014 and 2015.

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Dining Boom or Kaboom?

In recent years we seem to have become very excited about the “Asian Dining Boom”. But without a comprehensive approach to policy and investment, and without agriculture being able to tell its story far more effectively to offset perceptions of risk and volatility, do we risk a destructive explosion blowing a hole in the side of Australia’s agriculture future.

This week I take to YouTube to reflect: “Dining Boom or Kaboom”.

Click here to view the tape: Asian Dining Boom or Kaboom

 

 

Who is afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?

In the early 19th century, the Brothers’ Grimm adapted Frenchman’s Charles Perrault story of Little Red Riding Hood, a tale which we all know well.  As young children we listened wide eyed as our parents told us of the cheeky wolf who gobbled up Grandma and lay in wait for the innocent Little Red Riding Hood, only for the young girl to wise up and for the wolf to be chopped down by the good Samaritan huntsman.

Anyone who has been following the debate over the last five years surrounding foreign investment in Australian agriculture and in particular, the fervent commentary that seems to emerge when these investment dollars come from China, might be able to quickly draw parallels with our tale from the woods.

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