Developing the Drought Resilience Research & Adoption Investment Plan

The Future Drought Fund (FDF), developed in 2019, is bringing a new and sustained focus to building drought resilience across Australia. The FDF defines drought resilience as:

"the ability to adapt, reorganise or transform in response to changing temperature, increasing variability and scarcity of rainfall and changed seasonality of rainfall, for improved economic, environmental and social wellbeing."

Resilience is a positive attribute that maintains an individual's or community's capacity to adapt, learn and transform.

As part of the FDF, a consortium consisting of Alluvium Consulting, Natural Capital Economics, the Australian Farm Institute and Climate Comms will deliver a National Drought Resilience Research and Adoption Investment Plan. This plan will help to shape Australia’s future investment in drought resilience research and mechanisms for adoption. These activities will help primary producers as well as rural and regional communities to become more prepared for, and resilient to, future droughts.

One of the main objectives of the plan will be to involve agricultural producers and communities in all aspects of drought research, from identifying the key research questions through to implementing the findings.

This site will help us to engage with communities and key stakeholders involved in all aspects of drought resilience, from providers to users. Four phases of workshops will be rolled out in the coming months, see the timeline below for more details.

From these workshops we aim to:

  • Develop and verify a shared understanding of what drought resilience means to you in practical terms.
  • Develop a shared understanding of the challenges and barriers to achieving drought resilience in the short, medium, and long term. These include challenges and barriers related to:
    • Effective adoption of drought resilience research;
    • Knowledge gaps that we need to fill to build drought resilience.
  • Use the information above to develop strategies to address agreed gaps and needs.
  • Share and seek feedback on the preliminary Research & Adoption Investment Plan.

  • Phase 1: End user needs identification workshops

    5 online workshops divided into regional groups, plus an online survey, for rural and agricultural community end users.

    19-23 April 2021

  • Phase 2: Research and adoption translation workshops

    Online workshop with research and adoption partners.

    29 April 2021

  • Phase 3: Preliminary plan and prioritisation

    Online workshop with end users, research & adoption partners, investors & funding partners.

    May 2021

  • Phase 4: Drought Resilience R&A Plan finalisation

    Presentation at Science to Practice Forum.

    Week Commencing 21 June 2021