Miners need to play ball on food security
FARMERS will need to work with miners and the private sector around the globe to double food production by 2050, a policy briefing from the Global Change Institute reveals.
The brief, by Dr Gabrielle Persley of the University of Queensland and the Crawford Fund, said new technology; policies and investment would be needed to boost production in the future.
"Queensland and Australia more generally are in a unique position, globally, to contribute to increases in food production", she said.
"We live in one of the few countries that has land available for livestock and food, and with an efficient and open food and agricultural system.
"We have a great deal to offer the world in terms of agricultural research, technology and education."
Released to coincide with World Food Day, the policy brief said the role of private enterprise would be of particular importance to boosting productivity.
"Mining companies, for example, can help small-scale farmers with farms in mined areas by purchasing surplus food for their workforce," Dr Persley said.
"There is also potential for mining companies to re-purpose water extracted as a by-product for local agriculture."