Why the Agribusiness Council Matters
- Agribusiness is
the world’s largest and most worthy industry, it is how everyone on the planet energises themselves. Agribusiness encompasses half the world’s labour force,
half its assets, and 40% of consumer purchases. Since we all eat, it’s our
daily personal business interest too.
- Australian agribusiness
is amongst the safest and productive in the world, and a significant food &
fibre exporter. Yet Australia is also a minor player in agribusiness output and
global trade terms. Agribusiness must keep innovating just to remain global competitive.
- Trends over many
decades tell a story of declining farmer and agribusiness numbers, and as a consequence,
declining political influence. Paradoxically, industry fragmentation has
increased with 4,000+ Ag-groups vying for attention. Less people but more
groups only dissipates efforts. The current agro-political system is characterised
by institutions created decades ago, with many imbued in practices reflecting their
production agriculture origins.
- Ag-industry power
is best exerted through unity and strength in numbers, and that will be always
be when the whole agribusiness sector becomes a larger, and ever-expanding ‘community of interest’. For this reason, the Agribusiness Council of Australia
(ACA) was created. Until the ACA, Australian agribusinesses had no whole-of-industry
body to go to.
- A key
productivity stimulus for any industry is education, since it ultimately drives
innovation. Only 7% of people engaged in Ag-related industry have a degree of
any sort, that figure is 23% for all other industries. Globally, there is more
private sector than public sector agriculture R&D investment. If the Australian
education and research system has under-delivered for Ag-industry, then other
industry-driven solutions must be found. Only the agribusiness industry itself
can drive such change, and it needs a way to achieve it such as the ACA.
agribusiness professionals are crucial to, and underpin, the foundations of our
economy and cultural psyche. Yet it is widely agreed that Ag-industry has an
image problem. Only a well-supported ACA will take on this industry promotion
effort to improve the industries ‘social licence’ to operate. No other group
has taken up this key role.
- The importance of
agribusiness as the mainstay of the any economy cannot be overstated. Australian
Agribusinesses also face growing intractable problems:
- Declining productivity rates (via reduced Ag-innovation, climate
- Supplying an increasing global demand for food in the face of declining
natural resources (fossil fuels, fertilisers, water, and suitable land).
Agribusiness is too important for partisanship; the real
challenges are global in scope.
A more united,
larger Australian agribusiness industry will:
- Provide competitive advantages for Australian agribusinesses competing
globally (in terms of enhancing export competitiveness and as a defence against
- Ensure industry-relevant innovation drives productivity to
achieve improved industry profitability and resilience; and,
- Ensure more leveraged industry influence is exerted on all key
for agribusiness includes essential innovations such as the ACA, which will:
- Unite the industry and enable all existing groups to best leverage
their networking efforts;
- Focus upon long-term strategic issues beyond the resources of most
- Advocate industry-owned and driven solutions to complement public
sector solutions; and,
- Using contemporary methods, the ACA ensures your industry is your
hands, literally on your smart phone.
As an ACA member, you can directly
influence agribusiness industry directions, 24/7, from anywhere in the world
that you can ‘get connected’