Ashok Sharma and Ted Gardner undertook an Assessment of socio- economic factors impacting on the cropping intensity of an irrigation scheme in developing countries as a framework to solve barriers to the increase of cropping intensity required to achieve global food security.
Victoria University research into sustainable agriculture on the water footprint of food exports found Australia loses about 35,000 gigalitres of freshwater a year embedded in agricultural exports. That is roughly equivalent to all Australia’s stored reservoir water. As Australia has volatile water resources, measuring the water footprint of products is critical for national policy. The study found 65% of the nation’s agricultural products are exported for relatively low benefit, when water is factored into the cost. The report was co- authored by Dr Muhammad Tariq and Dr Nitin Muttil and two Bachelor of Civil Engineering students Riley Damnics and Zohreh Rajabi, along with Muhammad Laiq Ur Rahman Shahid from the University of Engineering and Technology Taxila. Dr Tariq and Dr Muttil mentored the students in after-class sessions toward a goal of publication.
The Mitchell Institute released a policy evidence brief on Nutrition Policy In Australia: Adopting A Harm Minimisation Approach. The policy brief examined the specific food components and dietary risk factors which are responsible for the greatest amount of harm to health outcomes in Australia and presents the case for adopting a formal harm minimisation approach regarding nutrition policy in Australia.
Mark Horridge from the Centre of Policy Studies collaborated with Brazilian researchers to look at the critical question of The Expansion of Irrigated Agriculture in Brazil and Potential Regional Limitations. The book presents modelled scenarios to assess the impacts on water demand for 2025. Expansion has benefits to farmers and for food security, but it has a damaging effect on water availability and may worsen episodes of regional water scarcity.
Giang Hoang co-authored recommendations for how the Vietnamese government could promote Geographical Indications implementation to enhance agricultural product quality in Vietnam.
Vasileios Stavropoulos worked with Turkish and UK researchers to develop a new food addiction scale for the measurement, prevalence and psychological risk factors associated with addictive food consumption.
The Advanced Food Systems researchers examined the nutritional value of eight species of native food plants from Martang Djab Wurrung Country and Worngundidj Country in Western Victoria. Despite popular use, rich nutrient content and adaptability to harsh climatic conditions, there are limited scientific data for many useful native food plants to help reduce dependence on unhealthy food choices in Australia. The research established preliminary findings for the sustained nutritional value of the native food plants over a three year period.