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Harnessing Intellectual Property to Build Food Security

November 2015November 2020
ARC Australian Laureate Fellowship

The 21st century offers a number of important challenges and opportunities for Australia and other countries in the Asia Pacific. On the one hand, food security is a very real problem in many Asian Pacific countries. There is also an urgent need in Australia to improve agricultural yields, increase sustainability, enhance the breeding of new plant varieties, and to assist Australian agriculture to adapt to climatic and environmental changes. At the same time, a growing Asian middle class and an unmet demand for food in the region provide an important opportunity for Australian agriculture. This project aims to look at the role that intellectual property is able to play in meeting these interrelated challenges and opportunities. The project will help to maximise the benefits while minimising the costs of using IP protection to improve agricultural productivity and food security in Australia and the Asia Pacific. In so doing, it will improve the competitiveness and sustainability of Australian agriculture, and help to resolve the unmet demand for food in the region. It will also improve food security in the Asia Pacific which, in turn, will open up new markets for Australian agriculture.

This research is funded by the Australian Research Council's Laureate Fellowship scheme (project number FL150100104).

Project members

Professor Brad Sherman

ARC Australian Laureate Fellow
TC Beirne School of Law
Affiliated Professor
Centre for Plant Science