The recent round for the University of Adelaide Interdisciplinary Research Fund for 2018 was announced last week (Oct 12), and the Centre for Global Food and Resources (GFAR) had considerable success. Our Centre had a 50% acceptance rate for projects that included our staff, which was considerably higher than the 11% average acceptance rate for the university!

Project success includes:

  • A/Prof Sarah Wheeler was the lead CI in winning $70,000 from the University of Adelaide Interdisciplinary Research Fund for the project: “Developing a University of Adelaide water network to address the Murray-Darling Basin (and the world’s) water challenge”. Other team members included Professor Mike Young, Paul Babie, Paul Leadbeter, Justin Brookes, Holger Maier, Tim Cavagnaro, Seth Westra and Georgina Drew.
  • A/Prof Sarah Wheeler and A/Prof Patrick O’Connor were part of a project led by Dr Martin Breed (including Philip Weinstein, Stephen Pederson, Damith Ranasinghe, Peng Bi, Andrew Lowe, Christopher Schapel, Laura Weyrich) titled “Establishing the University of Adelaide as a world leader in healthy environment-healthy people microbiome research, awarded $50,000.
  • Professor Wendy Umberger was part of a project led by Dr Christian Birzer (including Mark Hutchinson, Paul Medwell, Philip van Eyk, Vivienne Moore, Tim Cavagnaro, Stephen Kidd, Geogrina Drew) titled “Biodigesters: converting waste products from industry and rural communities into byproducts for profit and quality of life”, awarded $60,000.
  • Dr David Adamson was part of a project led by Prof Holger Maier (including Angus Simpson, Megan Lewis, Rachel Burton, Bassam Dally, Jasmin Packer, Philip van Eyk, Graham Nathan, Tim Cavagnaro, Peter Ashman, Woei Saw, Eran Binenbaum, Graeme Riddell), titled: “Establishing new, leading interdisciplinary capability and solutions for secure, affordable and sustainable energy”, awarded $65,000.

Congratulations to the team members and commiserations to those who were not successful this round.

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The group comprising Prof. Monika Hartmann and Dr. Johannes Simons from University of Bonn, Mr Tom Cosentino, delegates from Aceh and GFAR hosts Dr. Adam Loch and Mr. Rohan Yargop.

The group comprising Prof. Monika Hartmann and Dr. Johannes Simons from University of Bonn, Mr Tom Cosentino, delegates from Aceh and GFAR hosts Dr. Adam Loch and Mr. Rohan Yargop.

Ensuring value chains are sustainable in the long term is an important aspect of modern agribusiness management. Along with ever changing market dynamics to the challenges posed by climate change issues, modern agribusinesses have a lot to deal with on a day-to-day basis.

The Centre for Global Food and Resources (GFAR) hosted academics from University of Bonn, University of New England and Syiah Kuala University. Mr Rohan Yargop and Dr Adam Loch from GFAR and Dr Barry Elsey from Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation and Innovation Centre (ECIC) welcomed the delegation to the University and associated field trip.

Prof. Monika Hartmann, Dr. Johannes Simons and Tom Cosentino (left to right) at Karen Holder’s Blue Swimmer Crab processing facility in Outer Harbour

Prof. Monika Hartmann, Dr. Johannes Simons and Tom Cosentino (left to right) at Karen Holder’s Blue Swimmer Crab processing facility in Outer Harbour

The group first visited a fishery business in Outer Harbour run by Dennis Holder and Karen Holder. The Holder’s own a state of the art sustainable fishing boat that is battery-powered and catches around 800 kg of blue swimmer crab from the Spencer Gulf. The catch is transported to major markets in Australia with the majority of it sold in the Sydney Fish Markets directly to consumers and high-end restaurants.

Karen spoke about some of the challenges she has faced in her business. These include dealing with licensing and quotas in the fishery sector, being innovative in a competitive industry, dealing with recreational anglers, challenges of sudden depletion of stocks in 2008. Dennis Holder has been a recipient of the prestigious Nuffield Scholarship.

Before leaving, the group watched a live demonstration of extracting crabmeat, which they then got to taste with a local olive loaf and some crackers.

Karen Holder demonstrating how to measure the size of a crab at her facility in Outer Harbour

Karen Holder demonstrating how to measure the size of a crab at her facility in Outer Harbour

The group’s next stop was Mount Barker where they visited the facility of Richard Gunner’s Fine Meats. Richard and Liz Gunner share a close relationship with GFAR and are valued industry partners. Since 2001, Richard Gunner’s Fine Meats has carved a niche in the meat processing industry in South Australia and interstate markets.

The group was greeted by Liz and Richard who guided the delegates through the boning room, the cold room, the small goods section, the dry aging section explaining each process in detail and answering the many questions the group had.

The business model of Richard Gunner’s Fine Meats is unique in the sense that through their seven fully owned and operated retail shops they are directly connected to the consumer while also servicing the back-end of the hospitality industry by wholesale supply of meat and meat products to more than 300 restaurants in South Australia and New South Wales.

The group with Elizabeth Gunner (Centre) at Richard Gunner’s Fine Meats in Mount Barker

The group with Elizabeth Gunner (Centre) at Richard Gunner’s Fine Meats in Mount Barker

Richard Gunner explaining how his value chain operates from paddock to plate at his meat processing facility in Mount Barker

Richard Gunner explaining how his value chain operates from paddock to plate at his meat processing facility in Mount Barker

The group returned to Adelaide after lunch to meet with Annabel Mugford from the Barossa Grape and Wine Association. Annabel engaged in an informal discussion around the wine industry in South Australia with a special focus on Barossa.

Annabel spoke about her role in the Barossa Grape and Wine Association where she aims to promote Barossa not only as a premium wine making destination but also a premium food and tourist destination in Australia and abroad.

One of the delegates from Aceh presenting Annabel Mugford with Acehnese Coffee after her talk about the Barossa Grape and Wine Association

One of the delegates from Aceh presenting Annabel Mugford with Acehnese Coffee after her talk about the Barossa Grape and Wine Association

All in all, it was a great day for all the participants in this field trip. GFAR is proud to host academics and experts from the world over to showcase some of the unique businesses with long term sustainable business models that operate out of South Australia.

Blog prepared by GFAR Resarch Associate, Rohan Yargop.

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Eating our words

Talk is often cheap. But when it comes to our food choices, its value is seemingly in free-fall. Professor Wendy Umberger, Executive Director, Centre for Global Food and Resources at the University of Adelaide recent research reveals a vast gulf between what we say we want to eat, and what we actually buy.

Around a third of us, for example, perceive products labelled “organic” and “antibiotic-free” as healthier or safer choices, better for the environment or more humane. Yet that same third—across all income and education brackets—regularly overlooks such options at the checkout.

So what’s going on, and how should growth-seeking producers respond? Are ambiguous or exaggerated marketing claims fuelling consumer cynicism? Could tighter labelling and advertising standards influence behaviour?

In this fascinating presentation, the Executive Director of the University’s Centre for Global Food and Resources will discuss what the research tells us.

The Presenter
Professor Wendy Umberger is the Foundation Executive Director of the Centre for Global Food and Resources at the University of Adelaide. She was the 2016-2017 President of the Australasian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society. She is a Fellow of Food Standards Australia New Zealand, serves on the Governance Board of the International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics and the editorial board of Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy.

Tue, October 10, 2017
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM ACDT
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Scott Theatre, The University of Adelaide
North Terrace
Adelaide, SA 5005
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The Centre for Global Food and Resources (GFAR)
Email: globalfood@adelaide.edu.au
Telephone: +61 8 8313 0087

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Prof Wendy Umberger, Executive Director of the Centre for Global Food and Resources, was an invited speaker at The Economist’s Innovation as Competition: Australia’s Asian Future Summit 2017, held in Sydney on the 1st of September. The summit was attended by policymakers, leaders in regional and Australian business, academics and pioneering entrepreneurs, and included a […]

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Members of our Centre often provide policy advice to politicians. The last couple of months has been busier than usual. Firstly, on 26th July Tony Burke (the shadow Federal Minister for the Arts, for Environment and Water, and for Citizenship and Multicultural Australia) requested to visit GFAR for a research briefing. Professor Wendy Umberger provided […]

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In the final 2017 AAEA blog post, we hear about some of the pre- and post-conference workshops and meetings attended by Dr Daniel Gregg and Professor Wendy Umberger. Dr Gregg took part in the computational methods and experimental economics workshops held immediately before and after the conference. The computational methods workshop provided insights into analysing […]

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Picking up where we left off yesterday… In the Monday afternoon poster session, GFAR PhD student, Rio L. Maligalig, presented her poster titled “Farmers’ preferences for varietal trait improvements: The case of rice farmers in Nueva Ecija, Philippines”. In her study, Rio used the Investment Game Application (a newly developed game for eliciting trait preferences) […]

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A group of five GFAR staff and PhD students (Prof. Wendy Umberger, Dr Daniel Gregg, Dr Sharmina Ahmed, Rio L. Maligalig and Jesmin Ara Rupa) participated in this year’s Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) Annual Meeting in Chicago, held July 30 – Aug 1. The meeting was an excellent opportunity to learn from outstanding […]

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The Hon. Neil Andrew, AO former member for Wakefield in the federal Parliament and current Chair of the Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) was kind enough to speak to GFAB Masters students in the Water Security and Governance course this week. Neil became Chair of the MDBA in 2015, and many upstream water users were initially […]

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Last week, Prof Wendy Umberger, Rohan Yargop and Jack Hetherington, from The Centre for Global Food and Resources (GFAR) attended the 2017 Crawford Fund Conference in Canberra. Read on for Rohan’s account of the conference. By 2025, the world will produce 180 Zettabytes (that is 180 plus 21 zeros) of data. That is enough data that […]

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