Feeding the world

Making chronic hunger and malnutrition a thing of the past

Despite the significant progress made over the last two decades, more than 1 billion people around the world still go hungry, every day.

The key issue: More people, less land for food production

Hunger and malnutrition are the number 1 risk to health worldwide - greater than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined, according to the World Food Program.

What UWA is doing about this global issue

Achieving food security and sustainability for all is at the heart of our agricultural research. We’re improving productivity and adapting agriculture for our changing climate by harnessing everything from cutting-edge DNA technologies, to cell biology research and biotechnology.

Our research focuses on knowledge-informed agriculture:

  • Smarter genetics
  • Better breeding of crops and animals
  • Innovative farming systems
  • Improved soil health management
  • Smarter irrigation technologies
  • Integrated land and water management
  • Rural and regional economics, policy and development
  • Climate change and its effects on crops

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1st in Australia and 17th in the world for Agricultural Sciences (ARWU 2020)

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1st in Australia and 21st in the world for Environmental Science and Engineering (ARWU 2020)

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45th in the world for Agriculture and Forestry (QS 2020)


Find a selection of current projects in this research theme here:

Joint PhD Program with Nagoya University

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