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The Pacific region is an important part of the global food system. However, it faces growing challenges from climate change, increasing rates of non-communicable diseases, and threats to supply chains. Researchers across Australia and the Pacific have been working together over time to tackle and solve many of the issues affecting our region, including soil health and biosecurity.

A new initiative called Pacific Food Partnerships looks to build on previous work and establish long-term, strategic partnerships that utilise research from across CSIRO to respond to challenges in the food system. The initiative will utilise the region’s collective knowledge to undertake a whole-of-system approach. The aim is to improve nutritional outcomes for enhanced health, provide greater access to safe food, build resilience in our region’s food supply chains, and shift towards sustainable food production to create ongoing benefits for future generations.

CSIRO researchers have a long history of working alongside Pacific partners.

By working together, the initiative will facilitate ongoing collaboration between partners, leveraging existing knowledge to accelerate developments of new technologies and practices.

Pacific Food Partnerships aims to achieve this by:

  • Developing solutions to system challenges at scale
  • Responding to unique social, economic, and environmental conditions within the Pacific
  • Strengthening existing connections and building new partnerships to support collective action
  • Promoting traditional knowledge, capturing existing research lessons, and trialling new ideas.

We welcome discussions to collaborate further and leverage mutual knowledge and ideas.

Ika mata is a traditional dish originating from the Cook Islands, made from raw fish marinated in lemon and coconut milk. Photo: Cook Islands Travel.

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