As the global population heads towards 9 billion by 2050, food demand will increase by 60-70 per cent.
The University has formed a range of international partnerships to assist governments and private organisations to respond to the challenges of feeding a greater population and responding to global forces including: population growth, climate change, dynamic international trade policies, changing consumer demand, and economic development in emerging economies and the impact on food, water and resource security.
Centre for Global Food and Resources
The Centre for Global Food and Resources works closely with industry, scientists and governments in over 12 countries on interdisciplinary research which addresses economic, policy, agribusiness and social issues affecting global food systems.
Australia-China Joint Research Centre of Grains for Health
Researchers from FOODplus, the Waite Campus, the Robinson Institute and the Centre for Global Food and Resources have established a partnership with Shanghai Jiao Tong University and China Agricultural University in China through the Australia-China Joint Research Centre of Grains for Health, to develop healthy grains to reduce the risk of diabetes and other non-communicable diseases.
The University of Adelaide- Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Centre for Agriculture and Health
The UA-SJTU Joint Laboratory for Plant Science and Breeding based at the Waite Campus is working in both rice and barley reproduction, with potential to increase food security through better understanding and therefore managing of these staple crops.
Functional food research
A range of new agricultural and food production research and training partnerships are being developed in China through the Shanxi provincial government and industries. The key focus of these partnerships include: developing improved cattle breeding programs, developing and improving new functional food plants, and optimising production and processing landscapes to provide improved sustainability and industry growth potential.