Our team links climate science (short-term weather, seasonal and multi-decadal climate change scales) with food systems analysis to support decision making processes from farmer to policy levels so as to achieve sustainable development outcomes. We synthesise a combination of spatial modelling, statistical analysis of climate-related data, whole-farm bio-economic modelling, value chain analysis and participatory engagement tools.
Why FutureFeed? Globally, 1.3 billion people depend, partially or entirely, on livestock for their livelihoods. Livestock provides protein and micronutrients to many of the world’s 830 million people experiencing food insecurity. Cows and sheep produce methane, a greenhouse gas that is 28 times more powerful than carbon dioxide. Despite misconceptions, most cow methane comes from burps (90%) […]
The SIAGI project is promoting socially inclusive and sustainable agricultural intensification in West Bengal (India) and southern Bangladesh. The team of researchers and non-governmental organisations from India, Bangladesh and Australia work together to understand the factors and risks influencing change, apply new evaluation tools, and provide policy options to promote more socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable […]
Minimum temperature mapping at farm scale for strategic and tactical frost management. Frost related damage in Australia is estimated to cause agricultural losses between $120M and $700M each year. Frosts that occur during or after ear-emergence can result in severe stem and head damage, which can reduce grain yields and quality by up to 80%, […]
The aim of the “Sustainable and Resilient Farming Systems Intensification” (SRFSI) project is to reduce poverty in the Eastern Gangetic Plains (EGPs) by improving productivity, profitability and sustainability of small farmers while safeguarding the environment. The EGP of Northwest Bangladesh, states of Bihar and West Bengal (India) and the Terai of Nepal is home to […]
CSIRO has developed the Chameleon soil water sensor system, in a project funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR). The Chameleon has three sensors inserted into the soil, and an above ground portable reader that visually shows farmers whether the soil is: 1) Wet and nutrients may be leached (blue light); 2) […]
Climate Information Centres (CLICs) have been piloted as a one-stop information centre that combines ICT, traditional and scientific knowledge of weather, and local rainfall measurements and interpretation, to support farmers to make decisions as their season unfolds.
Smallholder ADOPT (Adoption and Diffusion Outcome Prediction Tool) is an MS Excel-based tool that evaluates and predicts the likely level of adoption and diffusion of specific agricultural innovations in a developing country smallholder context. The tool is available for download at https://research.csiro.au/software/adopt/adopt-smallholder/. The Adoption and Diffusion Outcome Prediction Tool (ADOPT) was developed as a tool […]
The impacts of climate change are felt along the whole chain of actors that produce, handle, process and market agri-food products. Our work aims to help agri-food companies to systematically identify, assess, prioritise and act against risks and to seize opportunities that extreme weather and a changing climate might offer to their chains using a […]
George Goyder established the margin between reliable and unreliable rainfall regions in South Australia 150 years ago. While current cropping systems have supported cropping north of the line, climate change could return the cropping margin back to this historic boundary. The line (Figure 1, above) marked the noted transition between reliable cropping environments and those […]
We capture the full extent of resource usage and environmental impacts from agricultural production and service delivery, and identify areas for improvement. The challenge: Understanding value chain impacts It is becoming increasingly important to understand resource use across the value chain, to account for levels of environmental impact and identify possible productivity gains. A farmer […]
We developed the Soil Condition Analyses System (SCANS), which can be used to help monitor soil organic carbon content, composition, bulk density and carbon stocks after changes in land use or management. The SCANS presents a good base for the development of an innovative, efficient, auditable and verifiable soil carbon trading methodology. Our approach will […]
Supporting climate adaptation planning and decision-making for regional National Resource Management AdaptNRM is a Australian national initiative that aims to support National Resource Management groups in updating their National Resource Management plans to include climate adaptation planning. It is part of Stream 2 of the National Resource Management Planning for Climate Change Fund administered by the Department of […]
Understanding spatial and temporal nature of heat stress and its impact on milk production at farm to regional scale – exploring effective adaptation options The Murray dairy region produces approximately 1.85 billion litres of milk each year, representing about 20 % of Australia’s total annual milk production. An ongoing production challenge in this region is […]
CSIRO is embarking on a major initiative to develop metrics, models and analytics to support the development and growth of sustainable value chains – chains that are resilient, competitive, equitable and low-impact. Bringing together a diverse group of scientists from Agriculture and Food, Data61, Health and Biosecurity, and Land and Water, the Platform integrates social […]
Global and local supply chains move essential products from producers to consumers around the world, linking distant communities to economic hubs and back. These chains are increasingly exposed to a range of disruptions, some localised, such as extreme weather events, others more wide-ranging, such as the impact of COVID-19. CSIRO provides evidence and insight to […]