The Challenge

Global agricultural production in the future will be challenged by unremitting land-degradation and structural decline in soil fertility, exacerbated by climate change and extreme weather events, and compounded by the high cost and unreliable supply of phosphorus and other nutrient fertilisers.  The result will mean there will be approximately 20% less arable land to produce up to 70% more food and fibre required to meet the estimate global demand in 2050; and active efforts will be needed to restore soil fertility.

In order to remain profitable, and sustainably provide food security and improved livelihoods, agricultural producers will need to adapt to these challenges, and combine traditional farming with a better use of natural resources.

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The Mission

Our mission is to promote development and implementation of innovative farming and farm management practices based on system approaches that harness natural resources (through utilisation of crop and soil microbiomes) to sustainably increase farm productivity, food quality and environmental health.

Crop and Soil Microbiome

Like humans, plants and soil harbour millions of microorganisms, such as bacteria, fungi, archaea and viruses, that collectively form the microbiome.  The microbiome of both plant and soil plays an important role in plant growth, health, and stress resilience, by providing access to nutrients and shielding plants from the harmful effects of biotic and abiotic stresses.

The Structure

The Global Initiative of Crop Microbiome and Sustainable Agriculture is a non-profit, public-private partnership body, comprising of academia, industries, learned societies and governmental stakeholders.  The funding for its activities will be secured from memberships, participating organisations, societies and other foundations.  It will constitute a 10-member Leadership team and 15-20-member scientific committee.

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What We Do

The initiative will contribute towards:

  • Developing effective and sustainable technology to increase farm productivity
  • Ensuring food security
  • Supporting environmental sustainability
  • Creating and strengthening new industries
  • Promoting job growth and regional prosperity
  • Achievement of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

This will be achieved by harnessing biodiversity and pooling resources to build a clear framework for innovation and implementation. The initiative will provide a unique platform for inter-disciplinary teams comprised of members from each participating country (~70 total, with a significant focus in Africa, Asia and the Pacific regions). This team will co-innovate to refine existing technology and develop novel new technologies, from base-line data; and will work alongside both national and international governments to ensure policies are in place for rapid commercialisation.