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Development agriculture

Reaching beyond the borders

The Sydney Institute of Agriculture is at the heart of international, multidisciplinary collaborations to improve food and nutrition security and agricultural profitability around the globe.

Development agriculture brings together researchers from multiple disciplines with expertise in issues relating to agriculture and food in developing economies. Our interdisciplinary research aims to discover and apply innovative solutions to drive sustainable and profitable agriculture across the world, underpinning activities in other University of Sydney centres such as the Charles Perkins Centre, Sydney Southeast Asia Centre, and Marie Bashir Institute for Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity.

Researchers in development agriculture work closely with Australian government agencies, including the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research; United Nations agencies; research centres of the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research; and non-government organisations.

Current research projects include:

  • improving the genetics of cereals and pulse crops
  • developing public-private partnerships in cocoa farming
  • increasing development impact of agricultural research in Africa
  • strengthening food and nutrition security through family poultry and crop integration in Tanzania and Zambia.