About Farming for the Future

Farming for the Future was founded in 2021 by The Macdoch Foundation.

Australian farm businesses are facing growing challenges from world markets, changing consumer choices, increasing input prices and most of all, an increasingly uncertain climate.

At the same time, it is becoming clear that, as landowners, we are sitting on assets whose value we have not recognised to the appropriate extent.

My experience as an operator of grazing businesses in various parts of NSW has shown me that investing in the natural capital of our land delivers multiple benefits. It delivers better resilience against drought, it builds a reduced reliance on synthetic inputs and hence more resilient profit and , as we have discovered, an opportunity to earn further revenue from monetisation of improved ecosystem services, like improved soil carbon.

My hope is that Farming for the Future will deliver insights to allow all Australian farm businesses to maximise the potential of their natural capital and provide useful information for how these insights could help producers build more profitable, resilient businesses

Alasdair Macleod

Farming for the Future is a research and change program initiated by philanthropic foundation, The Macdoch Foundation. This program is supported by PwC Australia, and a multidisciplinary research team of scientists and farm advisors led by the team at Integrated Futures.

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The team at Farming for the Future acknowledges and pays respect to the past, present and emerging Traditional Custodians and Elders of the land, as well as the continuation of cultural, spiritual and educational practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.