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Learning Framework


Place, space, environment, interconnection, sustainability and change.


Students explain the effects of anticipated future population growth on global food production and security.

Students explain the capacity for Australia and the world to achieve food security, the implications for agriculture, agricultural innovation and environmental sustainability.


  • Questioning and researching
  • Analysing
  • Evaluating
  • Communicating and reflecting

Resource Key

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brief, basic information laid out in an easy-to-read format. May use informal language. (Includes most news articles)

provides additional background information and further reading. Introduces some subject-specific language.

lengthy, detailed information. Frequently uses technical/subject-specific language. (Includes most analytical articles)

Key terms

Economic sustainability

Evaluating the environmental impact of economic activity and devising sustainability goals to create a more livable future.

Environmental sustainability

The environmental sustainability of agriculture is related to the preservation, restoration, and improvement of all natural elements such as air, water, soil, and their proper recycling along with the biodiversity of plant, animal, and microorganisms.

Social sustainability

Social sustainability is the extent to which social relationships promote equity, justice, and a high quality of life. Just as sustainable agriculture promotes long-term ecological health and economic vitality, it also contributes to vibrant communities and regions and satisfying livelihoods for farmers, ranchers, and others in the food system. 


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Future Farming

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Introduction to better farming

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Links to websites

  Innovative Agricultural Production Technologies

A joint statement by various countries regarding their understanding of, and commitment to, innovative technology in agriculture.

 Australia needs to develop innovative agricultural technologies

In future, expect to see farmers go high-tech, relying more on drones to optimise fertiliser and water use, on harvest robots to tackle challenges with labour shortages, and on sensors to measure the health of the soil.

  The hidden footprint of low-carbon indoor farming

Commercial greenhouses and vertical farms promise a locally sourced, higher crop yield than open-field farming methods relative to growing space. But is that grass really always greener?

 Biotechnology and agriculture in Australia: policy snapshot
This document examines the benefits of biotechnology and its potential contribution to innovation in the Australian agricultural sector, describing factors preventing take-up of biotechnology in agriculture and how best to support its use.

 Sustainable Agriculture, Research and Education (SARE)

This document examines SARE projects centring on farmers. Consequently, social sustainability is often most visible in farmers’ experiences and reflections about quality of life. The examples below can help grant-seekers and reviewers think broadly about the social impacts of research and education projects, beyond the adoption of new methods or an increase in income (though the latter is always welcome). Innovations that prevent injury, afford farmers and ranchers more autonomy in decision-making, or forge stronger and more equitable connections within and beyond the food system would all have a positive impact on social sustainability even without a direct impact on income.

Compiled and created by Amanda Stewart November 2023