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The role of science, technology and innovation in solving global food crises: Workshop Summary

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The fifth workshop series, hosted by Future Directions International’s Global Food and Water Crises Research Programme, examined the role of science, technology and innovation in averting any future food crises. In November 2011, meetings took place in Sydney, Canberra and Perth.

The meetings sought to answer the following question:

“What role can Science, Technology and Innovation play in increasing food yields and overcoming food shortages or oversupply?“

Further workshops are to take place, which will examine the role that education and training can play in overcoming future food and water crises and the potential for conflict. A final series of workshops will consider how Australia will be affected by the global crisis and what role it might play in ameliorating this situation.

The results of the November workshops are summarised in this document. The Key Points highlight the major conclusions. A final paper will be published on FDI’s website.