This brief deals with adapting Australia’s agriculture to climate change, especially broadacre farming, and is based mainly, but not exclusively, on experiences in southern South Australia. It highlights key needs to support future adaptation, including investment in education, social science research, seasonal weather predictions and policy certainty and adaptability.
The overall brief addresses key challenges to effectively adapting Australia to a variable and changing climate, providing high-level policy advice designed for use by policy makers at Commonwealth and State level. It highlights: (i) increasing atmospheric CO2 and the climate context; (ii) current effects, impacts and issues; (iii) future effects, impacts or issues; (iv) adaptation - what this means for managing the sector; and (v) policy implications.
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