By 2050, the global population is predicted to increase to more than nine billion people, and the horticultural produce required to feed them will be almost double that of today. Close to four billion tonnes of fruits, vegetables and pulses will be required, in a world of increasing environmental pressures and decreasing land availability.
Increased productivity is a key target for the horticultural industry globally. Better agronomic practices will allow growers to produce more food from less land with optimal use of increasingly scarce water resources, whilst improved storage and transportation will reduce the amount of produce lost postharvest. The industry also needs to address growing consumer and marketer demands for increased sustainability, using fewer chemical inputs and managing the health of the productive environment.
Australia’s horticultural sector has the potential to play an important role in the in this changing landscape, providing high quality food both for its own people and for the growing global population.
Plant & Food Research Australia is a significant provider to Horticulture Australia Ltd in projects such as Vital Vegetables, PIPS and Prevar, as well as a range of smaller projects for the mushroom, potato, pipfruit, avocado, vegetable, berryfruit, and summer fruit industries.
Together with industry partners our science is breeding better cultivars faster™, delivering residue-free pest & disease controls and developing sustainable and profitable production systems.