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The Crisis in Australia's Food-Land Management Systems

admin - Feb 17, 2020 08:38:44 pm 360 Views Location - RDI Office (Bandung, Indonesia)

Dr. Anthony Kent delivering his lecture in RDI

Over the time, it is becoming more inevitable how there has been apparent shifting in land management caused by the climate change. Amongst many countries in the world, Australia is one to experience such undeniable change. As staff and intern of RDI, we have the pleasure of receiving exclusive guest lecture in the RDI facility. This time, precisely on Monday, 10 February 2020, Dr. Anthony Kent of Centre for Urban Research, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia delivered an interesting presentation on "The Crisis in Australia's Food-Land Management Systems" in RDI. The presentation covered four main sub-topics, which are: (1) Dimensions of the crisis; (2) Farmers on the front line of the crisis; (3) The way forward indigenous knowledges and land management; and (4) Key factors in the crisis and its solution. 

The droughts occurring in Australia over the years is one of the issues as to why the condition has become quite severe in the land-management aspect. The changes in climate has also obviously affected the agricultural productivity in Australia. This has led to farmers being on the front line of the crisis, in which there is also a shift of perception in working as farmers. Instantly, this is seen as a setback compared to the condition in the 1980s where Australian farmers exported about 77% of what they grow and produce which further replaced agricultural products as top five exports of goods. In addition, there also has been declining of rural towns as well as species considered as both extinct and endangered.

Lecture attended by some of RDI staff and interns

In order to minimise this, Dr. Anthony Kent explained how enabling and emphasising on indigenous land management can be primary key to tackle this issue. This is due to the consideration of how indigenous population were more agriculturalists than hunters and gatherers. If enforces, Australia would be able to have native production in farming, thus putting back the roles of farmers on the spotlight which will then boost up the commodity exports, alliances amongst indigenous people, and even urbanizing the country-side to further support city development.


Group picture after the lecture


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