Rmit Brings Food Security Issues To The Table

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RMIT brings food security issues to the table


RMIT University Hamilton will host a full-day think tank, examining the issue of food

security from a number of perspectives and focusing on ways in which rural

enterprises and communities can respond to, and take advantage of, new

opportunities.


Industry experts, mentors and regional youth from RMIT’s Next Generation: Rural

Leaders’ Network, and community members, will meet this Friday, 13 November.


The think tank forms part of the Next Generation: Rural Leaders’ Network research

agenda, focused on how rural enterprises and communities can best respond to

uncertainty and increasingly complex challenges.


Dr Paul Collits, RMIT Hamilton’s Regional Development Research Fellow, said:

“Food security is one of the most important issues that the next generation of rural

leaders will have to confront.


“It is an extremely complex emerging issue at the local, regional, national and

international scales, and has many inter-connected elements, including on-farm

business planning issues, land use planning issues, the sustainability of resources,

climate change and energy security issues, international demand and market

uncertainty, national policy issues and emerging technologies.”


Guest speakers will include:



Shirley Harlock (Chairman of the Dairyfood Safety Victoria Board, Chair of

the Dairy Australia Future Dairy research project and co-partner of

Wollaston Farms), 


Associate Professor Trevor Stevenson (Discipline Head of the RMIT School

Applied Sciences on the topic of Food and Fuel)


Lindsay Ferguson (Industry Investment Manager of the Food and Beverage

Group of the Victorian State Government’s Regional Development Victoria).


The afternoon roundtable will be chaired by Professor David Hayward, Dean of the

RMIT School of Global Studies, Social Science and Planning.


Community members are invited to attend. To register, contact RMIT

Hamilton, (03) 5572 0500.


For interviews: RMIT University Hamilton Manager Community Partnerships

and Projects, Dr Kaye Scholfield, (03) 5572 0500.


For general media enquiries: RMIT University Hamilton Communications

Officer, Rachel McDonald, (03) 5572 0505.

11 November, 2009  






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