Designing and supporting the transition towards profitable, inclusive and sustainable food systems


CSIRO’s Food Systems and Global Change group is a multi disciplinary team of systems specialists that partner to deliver agricultural outcomes for improved global food and nutrition security.

Framed by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals we collaborate to build more efficient and effective food systems through improved agricultural productivity, diversification, and resilience.

We deliver a diverse portfolio of projects and activities through three interconnected teams working across CSIRO and with numerous partners:

  • The Sustainable Food Systems Futures team develops models and policy analysis tools to better understand complex interactions between biophysical and social systems underlying food systems at various scales (local, national, and global) and time horizons. Workstreams include applying these tools and understanding to systematically identify trade-offs and synergies now and into the future to inform, and improve policies and funding agency priorities to achieve healthy and sustainable food systems.
  • The Targeting Interventions team works with industry, local and national government, universities, other CSIRO programs and the private sector to identify options that decrease risk and improve production, resilience, livelihoods and net income of farmers in developing countries and northern Australia. Most of the research is at the household or enterprise level through a combination of modelling and on-ground validation, and includes crop and livestock yield gap estimations, value-chain analyses, farming systems design, environmental assessments of key interventions and emissions management plans for food systems, prioritising animal health interventions.
  • The Catalysing Innovation and Impact¬†team develops and applies theoretical, practice and policy frameworks to guide agri-food system innovation processes towards sustainable and inclusive impacts. Workstreams span internal planning and managing for impact processes, innovation systems capacity development in emerging economies, and evaluation and research on transformative innovation in agri-food systems.