The science of growing food in Africa

27 September 2017

For most of the world’s poorest people, 'how to grow food' is a question of life and death.

Aside from the largely recreational interest in gardening, most of us aren't required us to produce food for ourselves.

A farmer holding his crop, in Moshi Tanzania 
(Credit: Dr Caspar Roxburgh)

The most basic of necessities (the need to eat), requires as much knowledge as knowing the local supermarket's trading hours.

This is not the case for millions of people in low income countries, who do not have access to cheap, reliable and safe food to eat.

Australia has some of the world’s more variable climates, and some of its poorest soils yet we produce roughly three times more food than we need, and we do it more efficiently than many competing countries.

Queensland agricultural scientists are world leaders in their field, and have particular expertise in tropical climates. They are the perfect people to help end hunger overseas.

QAAFI's Centre for Plant Science Research Officer Dr Caspar Roxburgh explores this topic in his research project aiming to change lives. 

“We work with the farmers in Africa. We find out who’s doing the best, learn from them, and then we do the science to back it all up.” - Dr Caspar Roxburgh​

Read more about Dr Casper Roxburgh​'s research and explore the visual story with audio and motion graphics. 

Casper's story

For more information contact: 
Dr Caspar Roxburgh - Research Officer
Centre for Plant Science
QAAFI, The University of Queensland
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The Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI) is a research institute of The University of Queensland supported by the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.