Like other agricultural sectors, the Australian grains industry needs to be proactive and assess its economic, social and environmental sustainability challenges and opportunities, both existing and emerging, and then to collectively agree goals for the future. Ultimately this framework will help to maintain and build community trust and confidence in Australian grains while at the same time providing clear direction for growers and the whole industry about how to develop and grow in a sustainable and profitable way.
The framework encompasses environmental, social, and economic impacts that the grains industry has on its stakeholders.
This project covers the whole value chain including growers, breeders, researchers, service providers, logistics, storage and handling, traders as well as customers, the wider agricultural sector and the broader community.
Community expectations about farming and food are changing. And it is important grain growers, and the whole grains industry, understand these community expectations, and can demonstrate to the world the sectors’ sustainability credentials.
Grain is a major commodity that makes its way to the table every day through products like bread, pasta and noodles. On average, 45 million tonnes of grains are grown each year in Australia, with 70% exported around the world.
Farmers constantly adapt to variable climatic conditions and changing market requirements. Farmers need to understand the emerging customer and community food trends so that the research, technologies and innovations can evolve and ensure the continued sustainable growth of the industry.
It’s important that growers, customers and the community are able to have conversations about ways and whys of farming, and how food is produced.