The Australian government launched an international research centre focusing on food security in Africa on 28 October.
The Australian International Centre for Food Security will aim to boost food production in Africa by sharing Australian research and technical expertise.
The centre will be established as part of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) and will act as a hub for research interactions between Australia and African nations.
Although the initial emphasis will be on Africa, an ACIAR statement said the centre will adopt a broad international focus that will encompass food security in developing countries across Asia and the Pacific.
Priority areas will include research to boost food and nutritional security, sustainability and capacity building.
The centre is part of the four-year AU$46.8 million Australia-Africa Food Security Initiative.