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Centre for food research established in Sydney

The University of Sydney is launching a $20-million interdisciplinary research centre specialising in food security and environmental challenges with the support of the federal government.

The Centre for Carbon, Water and Food has been set up in response to a 2010 recommendation to government, by the Prime Minister’s Science Engineering and Innovation Council, that a higher priority be placed on understanding the links between energy, water, carbon, climate, agriculture, ecosystems, the economy and society.

It will focus on research and education in relation to producing better-quality food with fewer carbon emissions and with more efficient water use. It will also seek to support better policy-making about rural land use in Australia and Asia.