Australia’s rural industries operate in a complex and dynamic environment, often facing a common set of evolving challenges and opportunities. AgriFutures Australia is uniquely placed to lead cross-sectoral research into rural issues of national and global significance.

A core component of this work is investing in research that informs and improves policy debate via our National Rural Issues Program.

The agricultural sector contributed more than $63 billion to Australia’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2016-17, and is now working to achieve a $100 billion contribution by 2030. There are many challenges and opportunities that need to be managed if the sector is to reach that target.

Through our National Rural Issues Program, AgriFutures Australia seeks to directly address barriers to growth and help industry and governments respond to opportunities.

By generating research, information and tools that support an innovative, adaptive and valuable agricultural sector, we develop research programs that span rural issues such as:

  • Trade policy
  • Markets and consumers
  • Technology and agricultural innovation
  • Animal welfare
  • Skills and people (capacity building and leadership)
  • Workplace health and safety
  • Regulation and tax
  • Resource competition
  • The image of agriculture.

Knowing that problems are better answered working together than alone, collaboration is core to our approach. AgriFutures Australia works with partners such as Rural Research and Development Corporations, National Farmers’ Federation, Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources and agribusiness to address these contemporary cross-sectorial issues.

Program objectives

The National Rural Issues Program aims to:

  • Scan for new issues: spot emerging opportunities and challenges early that have the potential to positively or negatively impact rural industries in Australia
  • Support and prepare: support agricultural accelerators, governments and industry to take advantage of opportunities that grow the sector
  • Identify inhibitors: detect barriers to sector growth early, and deliver information that underpins these challenges
  • Support and connect people and issues: facilitate opportunities to promote collaboration on cross-sectoral issues.

Request for Quotation – International agriculture subsidies and the impact on Australian agriculture

This Request for Quotation (RFQ) is seeking services to understand the nature and impact of subsidies paid to farmers in agricultural exporting countries and their impact on Australian agricultural producers.

The aim of this project is to provide AgriFutures Australia, and agricultural industries more generally, an understanding of the current state of play with regard to agricultural subsidies paid by major agricultural exporting countries to their domestic producers and provide an analysis of the extent to which those subsidies are impacting Australian agricultural producers. It is hoped this information will arm industries with better information to inform their input into trade policy debate and discussions.

Individuals or organisations making a submission are required to have an understanding of agricultural subsidies, their treatment in international trade negotiations and agreements and Australian agricultural exports. Research on global agricultural subsidies has been undertaken by the OECD. The project is seeking to translate globally available information from the Australian perspective.

This AgriFutures™ National Rural Issues RFQ closes Friday, 12 July 2019 at 5pm (AEST).

Further information is available here. 

Jennifer Medway
Senior Manager, Business Development
0458 785 905

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