Future of Food in the Canberra Region

Enhancing our local food system

Recent system-level disruptions – flood, drought, bushfires, pandemics – raise many questions about the ability of local food systems to continue to provide: is the Canberra food system sufficiently resilient to adapt to future disruption? If not, how can we make it so?

UC has risen to this challenge through the Future of Food in the Canberra Region initiative – a collaboration bringing together multidisciplinary experts to develop integrative strategies to enhance local food system resilience and sustainability.

The initiative features a comprehensive research profile, a range of education opportunities, public advocacy and expert consultancy towards providing the community with the food needed for health and wellbeing, without undermining the natural environment.

How much food do Canberrans produce?
We need your help.

We invite you to participate in a study to understand who grows what food and how much is produced in Canberra - in backyards, patios, community gardens or wherever.

News and Events

Latest news

University of Canberra researchers collect data on what's growing in the ACT

Researchers from the University of Canberra are gathering information on who grows what food and how much is produced in Canberra.

The nutritive path to better mental health

UC Associate Professor of Food Science and Human Nutrition Dr Nenad Naumovski explores nutraceuticals, bioactives and dietary approaches that could impact mental health.

A year of hunger

How the Russia-Ukraine war is worsening climate-linked food shortages


Improving nutrition and health outcomes through local food systems

26 May 2022, 5pm–7pm

Listen to Canberra’s leading food and nutrition experts discuss why we need to build a much stronger local food system.

Our team

The Future of Food in the Canberra Region initiative brings together experts across fields such as nutrition, food science, environmental sustainability, public health, design, and education.

Study food, health and sustainability

Learn about nutrition, health and wellbeing, sustainable food production and consumption, foodwaste minimisation and more through one of our many courses.

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Questions about the future of food in Canberra or want to explore your role in our sustainable future?

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