Time for a National Strategy on Climate-Smart Agriculture and Food Security
Victorian Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford announced last week that she will raise climate change at the next Agriculture Ministers’ Forum (AGMIN) in Brisbane on April 26th.
This is a really important, long overdue move. It’s been three years since AGMIN last made so much as a peep on climate change.
Now, we have a real test of political leadership—state and federal. What exactly will be on the table? Will it be just business as usual? Mere platitudes? Or will we see politicians really rise to the challenge? Well, in part, that’s up to us.
Farmers for Climate Action is calling on all Australian governments, of all political stripes, to commit to a new, long-term, National Strategy for Climate-Smart Agriculture and Food Security.
A strong National Strategy would spell out how governments, in partnership with industries and communities, will:
- Minimise the risks to agriculture, food security, and rural communities from climate change by adapting in good time, reducing emissions, and lifting productivity.
- Help agriculture to realise the opportunities to build value, make efficiency gains, and diversify as the world economy shifts into low-carbon gear.
- Strengthen agricultural research, development, and extension so farmers can really manage the risks and be part of the solution.
- Build a strong clean energy sector with benefits fairly shared by rural and regional communities, and realise the long-term potential of healthy working landscapes to capture and store carbon.
- Identify gaps in current policies and programmes—federal and state—and fill them!
A new National Strategy would help to focus resources and effort on what is the greatest long-term risk to Australian agriculture and our food security. And it’s something we can hold governments accountable to.
Please take a few minutes to use our simple tool to get in touch with your local agriculture minister and urge them to commit to a strong, long-term strategy for tackling climate change, agriculture, and food security. That means really helping rural communities and industries to manage the risks and become part of the solution.
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