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Our goal

Protein is a building block of life and we'll need to grow more protein, more sustainably, to feed the world

To leverage increasing global demand for high quality protein and create new Australian protein products and ingredients that earn an additional $10b in revenue by 2030.


The global population will reach 9.7 billion by 2050, fuelling the demand for protein. 

As a major producer and exporter of protein, we can capitalise on this demand by capturing high value, high margin export market opportunities, in the process building our sovereign manufacturing capability and creating new jobs. Australia's food industry is well placed to develop novel, differentiated protein products that meet the requirements and changing dietary patterns of the modern health- and welfare-conscious consumer.

Potential impact

Capturing high-growth global protein markets

  • New jobs in agribusiness, food processing and advanced biomanufacturing; new industries for regional Australia
  • Development of sovereign manufacturing capability to deliver food security
  • Access to growing export markets 
  • Sustainable use of natural resources; a decreased environmental footprint; and reduction in food and agricultural waste 
  • Optimised nutrition to meet the needs of the future consumer.

Mission focus

What we will achieve

  • Animal protein production: deliver novel functional feeds and premium protein foods for export markets. 
  • Plant protein for new markets: the immediate plant protein opportunity with the Australian market valued at $150M in 2019 but predicted to reach $4B by 2030 creating 6,000 jobs. 
  • Novel protein production systems: create new alternative protein industries based on advanced biomanufacturing.

Mission plan

Initial milestones

Year 1: connected collaborative protein ecosystem, protein tech and prototypes.

Year 3: enhanced sustainability; value-added products and industry growth.

Year 5: realised economic potential and improved health of Australians and our environment.


Building it together

The Future Protein Mission brings together CSIRO with Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources, Meat & Livestock Australia and the Grains Research & Development Corporation along with industry partners v2food, GrainCorp, Clara Foods, Wide Open Agriculture and start-ups such as Eden Brew.  

The Mission is also working with Food Innovation Australia Limited; Austrade; Victorian, New South Wales and South Australian state governments; Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries; Western Australia’s Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development; University of Queensland, University of Sydney, University of Technology Sydney, University of NSW and Edith Cowan University.    


We invite others to join us help Australia grow its protein industry by $10b by 2030.

Future Protein

Helping Australia capture high-growth global protein markets.

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Scientists estimate that the global population will reach 9.7 billion by 2050. 

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But the world will need to grow more protein, more sustainably, to meet the growing demand and feed the world. 

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And it needs to keep up with the changing dietary patterns of the modern health and ethically conscious consumer. 

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Therefore, our Future Protein Mission is building a protein innovation ecosystem to boost production from diverse sources - plants, animals and emerging industries like yeast, insects and algae.

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Tell us how you think we can all partner to grow Australia's future protein industry.

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