Empty supermarket shelves have become almost commonplace in Australia over the past few months, as floods and COVID have converged to break down our supply chains. So what do our supply chains look like in a changing climate, especially in light of the latest IPCC report?
We commissioned Stephen Bartos, an internationally recognised expert, to develop a report on exactly this, working closely with ag sector and supply chain partners. Mr Bartos wrote a report for the federal government in 2012 examining resilience in the Australian food supply chain.
Join us at 2pm, Wednesday, 9 March as we launch the report, and discuss its findings with Stephen, GrainGrowers Chairman Brett Hosking and Cattle Council CEO John McGoverne.
Stephen is an internationally recognised expert in public finance, and public sector governance and risk. His career includes two terms as Parliamentary Budget Officer for NSW, Deputy Secretary and Head of Budget Group in the Australian Government Department of Finance, and Professor of Governance at the University of Canberra.
Stephen is widely published in news media and academic journals. He is author of two books – Against the Grain: the AWB Scandal and why it Happened (UNSW Press) and Public Sector Governance – Australia (CCH). In recognition of his achievements in public sector reform he was elected as a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia in 2011.
Stephen is the author of ‘Fork in the Road: Impacts of climate change on our food supply’.
Cattle Council’s CEO, John McGoverne, joined Cattle Council in 2018, transferring from Sheep Producers Australia where he worked from 2016.
John has policy experience with Australian Pork Limited and with the Department of Agriculture.
As well as extensive farm management experience, John has a Masters of Environmental Management from Charles Sturt University and an Associate Diploma of Farm Management from the former Orange Agricultural College.
Brett Hosking is a fifth-generation farmer running a mixed farming business in Quambatook, Victoria. Brett, his wife Jane and their four daughters grow wheat, barley, canola, lentils and field peas as well as run sheep and cattle. Brett is a grower director, the current Chair of GrainGrowers and has had long-standing involvement across the Australian grains industry.
This has included Victorian Farmers’ Federation (VFF) Grains Group President and Vice-President. Brett has a passion for agriculture and for ensuring farmers and the regional communities where they operate are strongly represented and their voices heard.
Fiona grew up on a dairy farm in northern Victoria and began reporting on agriculture while still at high school. She honed her writing skills working at regional and agricultural newspapers, Country News in northern Victoria, and Victoria-wide agricultural paper Stock and Land. She developed a broad toolkit of skills in strategy, stakeholder engagement, and project management during her years at Melbourne-based strategy and public relations consultancy, Currie Communications, supporting agricultural, environmental and governmental clients, including the University of Queensland’s Global Change Institute, Australian Wool Innovation, and the Victorian Government. She was awarded a PhD in history from the University of Melbourne in 2011, and completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Australian Catholic University in 2018.
As Farmers for Climate Action’s Deputy Director between 2018 and 2021, Fiona was responsible for assisting the CEO to meet the objectives in Farmers for Climate Action’s strategic plan and operational plan. In particular, Fiona took the lead on the organisation’s internal and external communications, operations, and people and culture. Today as CEO of Farmers for Climate Action Fiona is excited to lead 6000-strong farmer-led movement into its next exciting phase.