Improved Agricultural Productivity through collaboration with G20 Members


Undertake research, consultation and analysis to provide options and advice that can help the G20 Agricultural Chief Scientists progress a strategic and positive work program.


National Rural Issues

Research Organisation

Garland Outcomes Pty Ltd

Objective Summary

The Meeting of the G20 Agricultural Chief Scientists (MACS) is an initiative endorsed by G20 Leaders under Mexico’s G20 presidency with the goals of: “...identifying global research priorities and targets, facilitating collaboration between public and private sector organisations in the key areas most likely to drive sustainable productivity gains, and tracking progress on established goals over time”. At the third MACS, held in Brisbane on 1920 June 2014, senior G20 science and policy officials aimed to set a vision for how global scientific research will contribute to a ‘transformative productivity lift’ in agriculture. To further this aim, the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) has been contracted by the Australian Government Department of Agriculture (Dept Ag) to identify potential ways to improve agricultural productivity through international collaboration and transmission of information about research outcomes. It is well recognised that agricultural research and development (R&D) is a major contributor to productivity growth. Some international collaboration and cooperation on agricultural R&D already exists through organisations such as CGIAR (formerly the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research). However, there are also significant resources within individual G20 economies that are devoted to agricultural R&D and policy development; it is the effective communication and sharing of the ‘spillover’ benefits from this individual work that requires a more organised and coordinated approach. Sharing information about agricultural R&D outcomes in an international forum, such as the MACS, may help to deliver greater efficiencies, less repetition and wider uptake of innovation in agricultural R&D in member countries. This project will provide options for the MACS which can be considered for its future work program.

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Project Start Date

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Project Completion Date

Monday, December 1, 2014

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National Priority

An environmentally sustainable Australia

National Priority

Advanced Technology

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NRI-National Rural Issues


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Improved Agricultural Productivity through enhanced collaboration and information sharing among G20 countries