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



Shifting the Goalposts

It seems that agriculture policy lends itself well to sporting analogies – we often hear of governments shifting the goalposts, particularly in favor of domestic suppliers, while less often but continuing the analogy, we sometimes hear of actions that might level the playing field. But perhaps we need to focus a little more on how we might play to win.

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