Agribusiness' place in Australia's economic recovery

Agribusiness' place in Australia's economic recovery

Sep 24
The focus on rebuilding our economy continues to gather momentum. Leading the charge are key sectors of the economy with growth opportunities that if realised, can drive and accelerate our recovery.


Tony Mahar, Chief Executive Officer, National Farmers' Federation
Dr Katherine Wynn, Lead Economist, CSIRO Futures
Franki Ganter, Partner, Allens

Event overview

What is the role of agriculture in our return to economic prosperity? It’s an industry which exports 75 per cent of what it produces, is no stranger to long term challenges and is instrumental to the success of regional Australia.
Opportunities identified by the CSIRO and the National Farmers’ Federation highlight the value of the sector and the possibility of creating a $100 billion industry.
That potential depends on public and private investment, the right policy framework and a coordinated approach to global markets and how Australia navigates our changing region and world.
Hear from those leading the charge to realise the full potential of Australian food production and agribusiness when we interrogate: 

  • The major growth opportunities for the sector, the drivers of growth and how the current pandemic has changed the sector;
  • Changes in consumer expectations and behaviours; and
  • The vulnerability highlighted by COVID-19 - what Australian agriculture’s continued dependency on world commodity markets means for the future. 
Livestream start times:
SA/NT: 12.30pm
WA: 11.00am

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Meet the speakers

Tony Mahar
Chief Executive Officer, National Farmers' Federation

Tony comes from a farming background in south western Victoria and has worked in and around agriculture for the majority of his working life. He has experience in working with global food manufacturers, major Australian agribusinesses and the Federal Department of Agriculture. He was appointed National Farmers’ Federation CEO in March 2016 after holding the positions of Trade and Economics Manager and Deputy CEO. He has tertiary qualification in agricultural commerce from Sydney University and a masters degree in industry policy from ANU.

Dr Katherine Wynn
Lead Economist, CSIRO Futures

At CSIRO Futures, Katherine advises clients on the emerging trends and technologies shaping industries while designing responsive strategies for more informed investment decisions. Katherine began her consulting career with Deloitte and Deloitte Access Economics, providing investment analysis and policy advice to multiple sectors. After five years’ consulting experience at Deloitte, she completed a PhD in Economics with Agriculture Victoria and the University of Melbourne with a research focus on R&D investment in the field of agricultural biotechnology. On completion, she returned to Deloitte Access Economics to help lead their agricultural economics practice before joining CSIRO Futures in early 2018.

Meet the facilitator

Franki Ganter
Partner, Allens

Franki is a mergers and acquisitions and corporate lawyer. She leads Allens agribusiness practice in Queensland and is a trusted adviser to major private and public sector agribusiness clients across a range of sectors including beef, dairy, horticulture and agtech.

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