Southern NSW Drought Resilience Adoption & Innovation Hub
The Southern NSW Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub received funding from the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund and is one of eight Hubs established across Australia.
The Southern NSW Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub is led by Charles Sturt University (CSU) at Wagga Wagga, with partners the Australian National University, Farming Systems Groups Alliance, First Nations Governance Circle, Local Land Services, NSW Department of Primary Industries, Rural Aid, University of Canberra and University of Wollongong.
The Farming Systems Group Alliance includes Riverine Plains, FarmLink Research, Central West Farming Systems, Holbrook Landcare Network, Irrigated Cropping Council, Irrigation Research and Extension Committee and Southern Growers.
The Drought Adoption and Innovation Hubs are delivering a number of on-the-ground projects across Australia. Further information about each of these projects can be found here.
The Southern NSW Hub will focus on delivering innovations to enable farmers and communities to become more drought resilient and to better respond to a changing climate. It will work by connecting farmers, industry and researchers to drive the development and adoption of innovative on-farm technologies and practices to improve future drought resilience.
Drought is an inevitable part of the Australian landscape, but because the timing, severity and duration of the next one is unknown, it makes sense to plan ahead. This can help reduce the economic, social and environmental impacts of future drought and climate challenges, which can otherwise massively impact the profitability and sustainability of farmers, communities and agribusiness.
To help achieve this, the Southern NSW Hub will tap into the knowledge gained by local farmers and communities through their own experiences of drought, while also bringing together new ideas, perspectives, research and technologies to help prepare for drought, while encouraging their adoption on-farm.
Southern NSW farmers interested in helping shape the direction of the Southern NSW Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub, can complete a nomination here.
A report was produced for Research for the Riverine Plains, 2022 and is available here.
Learn more about the Southern NSW Innovation Hub in this short video