Talking Food Security

16th September, 2020

With travel restrictions easing, Perth NRM is heading out for stakeholder consultation as part of the WA Food Security Plan Stage Two.

After the first half of the year getting off to a rocky start, StageTwo of the WA Food Security Project (WAFSP) is now in full swing, consulting and collaborating with key industry stakeholders and stand out producers.

The WAFSP is funded by the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program to increase the agricultural sector’s capacity to adapt to “significant changes in climate and market demands for information on provenance and sustainable production”.

Stage One of the WAFSP was promoted in October last year at the Regenerative Agriculture Conference with the publication of the Situation Report, providing an analysis of the threats to our State’s food production capacity.

While work has continued on the project throughout the COVID-related restrictions, the WAFSP team is currently reaching out to individuals and groups who have previously expressed interest in being involved in the project as well as new contacts identified as key players in WA’s food supply chain.

Project Officer, Tam Kempton, has so far met with some producers from the Great Southern, and surrounding Perth areas, and has just returned from Dandaragan and Carnarvon during Taste of the Gascoyne Festival to catch up with producers, pastoralists and community representatives.

In early October she will be joining the Southern Rangelands Fibre and Produce Round Table event in Mt Magnet to catch up with pastoralists in the area to gather feedback from the region.

Participant feedback has so far been diverse, with no two stakeholders highlighting the same issue as the number one challenge for W.A. remaining food secure in the future. Highlighting the one fact that we can all agree upon – establishing secure food systems is complex!

For further information or to be involved in the project, please use the contact form.

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