High impact science for sustainable agriculture and safe, nutritious food

By 2050, some 50 per cent of the world’s population and close to 60% of the world’s children are expected to reside in the Tropics.

With the world population on track to exceed 9 billion by 2050, food production will need to increase by 70% to meet demand.The ability of the agricultural and food industries across the supply chain to adapt, innovate and form successful collaborations is vital to support a strong and prosperous Australia with sustainable food security.

QAAFI is a partnership between the Queensland Government and The University of Queensland, which draws together a diverse critical mass of resources and infrastructure to tackle some of the biggest challenges facing Queensland’s tropical and subtropical food, fibre and agri-business industries.

Our unique combination of science and technology, and a tropical and subtropical environment, means that Queensland is the natural leader in this area of science globally. 

In Africa, where almost a third of the world’s hungriest people live, climate unpredictability could hit agricultural output by up to 30% by the end of the century.