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What kind of “innovation systems” do we currently have for Australian agriculture?

Well, according to a recent report commissioned by the Federal Government, it could be a lot better.

The report found that while Australia’s agriculture research is internationally renowned and individual farmers are good at adopting new practices, knowledge is often siloed.

Essentially, agricultural innovation in Australia was not designed to operate as a cohesive system, rather it’s made up of multiple institutions and organizations which have developed over time for various locations and commodities.

So how do we change this?

In this episode, we explore how we can work strategically to build an effective “innovation system”. From smart specialization, greater private sector participation to rethinking our water use, there is an opportunity to grow the total funding pool for Australian agriculture and be a global leader.


Nicola Pero - CEO, Food and Fibre Gippsland

David Downie – Strategic Advisor in Regional Development, Deakin University