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AFRN 2023

Held on the 4th Dec 2023 to
7th Dec 2023

, Southern Tasmania

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Event: Australasian Agri-food Research Network Conference 2023

Hosted by the University of Tasmania, the theme for this year is place-based Agri-food Systems in a time of climate crisis: Resilience, Resistance & Regeneration

Dates: December 4–7 Hobart Tasmania

The Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture has staff presenting at this year's conference in the following sessions.

Tuesday 5 December:

Key Note Speaker Abstract-

Professor of Plant Pathology and Research Broker, TAS Farm Innovation Hub Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture University of Tasmania
Towards Agri-Food Resilience in Tasmania: On-Ground Learnings and Opportunities
Tasmania is currently grappling with the opportunities and challenges associated with agricultural intensification. The farm gate contributes around 7.4% of gross state production compared with 2.5% for Australia overall. Land managers are at the foundation of efforts to grow regional ‘capitals’ (social, political, cultural, natural, other) - growth that helps people to adapt and adopt new and sustainable ways when there is change in the enabling environment. I will describe key learnings during the start-up phase of a place-based intervention designed to help farmers prepare for climate-related threats and opportunities. The Adoption and Innovation Hub for Drought Resilience, now the TAS Farm Innovation hub, operates within the Commonwealth’s Future Drought Fund program. A key goal during start-up was to translate our concept of socio-ecological resilience and to foster systems approaches in line with agricultural innovation systems theory. Early co-design activities with >20 partner organisations revealed concentrations of power, high expectations and low trust in the academy. A small hub team, itself ‘forming and storming’, adapted constantly while being responsive to shifts in the Commonwealth program. Learnings during start-up are shaping on-ground activities that actively demonstrate the hub’s role to build capacities and catalyse connections, collaboration, and co-production of knowledge.

Conference session
Innovation and North West Tasmanian agrifood producers: What sources of knowledge and support are available? Nicoli Barnes, Sue Kilpatrick and Pattie Weichel

Conference Session
Reporting biosecurity risks: Building system resilience
Russell Warman, Vaughan Higgins, Melanie Bryant and Marta Hern√°ndez-Jover

Wednesday 6 December:

Key Note Speaker Abstract -

Regional Soils Coordinator, Tasmania NRM (Natural Resource Management)
South Feeding our Needs: Local Food Systems for Our Neighbours and Ourselves
How a local food system operates is shaped by a number of complex, nuanced factors. Belinda will take us on a journey through the Indo-Pacific, showcasing examples of localised food systems from some of her experiences in countries that are our closest neighbours, finishing with some discussion of what these systems look like (or could look like!) right here in the unique context of Tasmania. Belinda will explore some of her experiences as an early-career agricultural enthusiast in the field, highlighting the importance of getting out of your own head as a researcher, and aiming for an impactful career.

Thursday 7 December:

Conference Session
Livestock farmer perspectives of co-benefits and trade-offs associated with climate mitigation and adaptation practices
Dominique Bowen Butchart, Vaughan Higgins, Karen Christie-Whitehead, Natalie Doran-Browne, Russell Warman and Matthew Harrison

Full conference program and registration details can be found here: AFRN 2023 Programme | Agri-Food Research Network