Sustainable Agribusiness Adaptations

NAB and Food Agility Co-operative Research Centre (CRC) have partnered to provide practical guidance to farmers on how they can use the latest climate and sustainability research to make their businesses more resilient.

In Partnership With:

National Australia Bank Limited
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
Federation University Australia

Sustainable Agribusiness Adaptations

The Challenge:

Australian agribusinesses are adapting to rapid change in he climate, social environment and market and regulatory requirements. But they need to accelerate the pace of adaptations. It can be difficult to know whereto start and where to focus efforts for the greatest impact. There are smaller adaptations agribusinesses can make in their day-to-day operations. Others require longer-term planning and investment.

NAB seeks to support its agribusiness customers by providing data-driven, science-backed information to help them asses which adaptations best support long-term viability and sustainability.

The Solution:

This project will provide bankers and farmers with  practical guidance to support science-backed and commercially considered decisions about where to invest their time effort and money.

It will synthesise available evidence relating to adaptations to manage climate, social, market and regulatory risks and explore the most efficient tools to present information in a way that is easy-to-use and engaging.

It will focus on the highest value agricultural sectors including beef, sheep, dairy, grains (wheat and barley) and oil seeds (canola). The team will review scientific literature, talk to NAB agribusiness customers, and engage with industry bodies to publish a detailed report outlining:

  • Greatest climate change and sustainability risks and opportunities
  • Available adaptations to mitigate risks and/or benefit from opportunities (e.g. diversification, water management approaches, crop rotation)
  • Net benefit of adaptations
  • Additional supporting information including the relative confidence around adaptations and net benefits as well as ways to measure and monitor successful adaptation


  • Farmers can use science to prove their sustainability credentials
  • NAB can support its agribusiness customers to identify opportunities and manage risks
  • Consumers access safe healthy food
  • Reduced impact of food production on the environment

meet the team

Dr Madeline Mitchell

Constellation Lead ( - Madeline is a plants cientist with broad interests in the social, economic and environmental sustainability of agriculture. She previously worked at CSIRO Agriculture and Food where she collaborated with industry and community partners as well as diverse researchers to develop novel crops for the benefit of farmers, consumers and the environment. She has a PhD in plant physiology from the University of Cambridge and is an award-winning science communicator. Madeline holds a joint role with Food Agility and the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT University.


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