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AgricultureAs the President of the Australian Council of Deans of  Agriculture (ACDA), I welcome you to our website. The ACDA was formed to  provide a point of contact for University agriculture in Australia. The Council  provides a forum for discussion amongst our Members, enables us to work  together on projects where our common interest is served and provides a unified  voice to government and other stakeholders.

In the 21st Century, it is clear that the world  faces many challenges. Food supply and food security have been taken for  granted for more than a generation. There are now many countries experiencing  civil unrest because of food shortages. Over the next 20 to 30 years food  production will have to increase by 50% to meet the needs of an ever increasing  world population. Such food will need to be produced from approximately the  same number of hectares. Therefore, agriculture will need the best educated and  innovative minds involved to meet this challenge.

Our challenge in agriculture at the Universities is to have  available courses of study which meet the needs of the sector and thus provide  the expertise and skills in agriculture graduates equipped with the leading  edge of science, technology and management. Our responsibility is also to  provide the next generation of scientists to underpin the development of  agriculture and build upon the quality of investigation established by the  previous generations of scientists. We need to continue to make a substantial  contribution to the research effort in our collaboration with research funding  authorities and governments as well as with our Members.

The Members of ACDA welcome any enquiries from prospective  students, agribusiness, government agencies and others who share our interests  in improving the agricultural sector as well as the excitement of being  involved with the very great challenges of feeding the planet and protecting  the environment. Contact details are provided at this site and we welcome any  feedback.

Yours sincerely,

Iain Young

President, ACDA