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Global food demand

July 2011

Global food production will need to significantly increase over the next 20 years to support the growing world population, particularly in China and India, and with emphasis on the growing middle class populations in those regions.

Australia is uniquely positioned (relative to other net food exporters) to service these markets, from both geographical proximity and quality/reputation perspectives. Demand for protein is expected to be particularly high and this will in turn require significant increases in cereal production to support intensive livestock production systems. The impact of protein demand growth will be felt across the agricultural sector and extend to farm inputs, production, post-harvest, logistics, supply chains and distribution channels. Australia is not immune to this increased demand, with the National Food Plan aimed to address the key long-term issues of security, quality, affordability and sustainability.

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