Food Security Strategy: Learning from Tasmania

Across Australia, people are advocating for further action on hunger, and raising the profile of food security in the country. Leading up to Putting Food on the Table: Food Security is Everyone’s Business, we are shining a spotlight on some of the responses to Australia’s food security issues.

Conservative estimates suggest over a million Australians are food insecure[i]. Groups in every state face varying barriers to food access, availability and utilisation. In the Tasmanian context, research highlights the existence of numerous “food deserts[ii]– areas in which people struggle to access nutritionally adequate food.

Location and low income significantly impact people’s ability to access a healthy diet, resulting in food exclusion and numerous health issues. The cost of food also creates food insecurity, with recent research suggesting a healthy basket of food can cost Tasmanians almost half of their household budget[iii].

Responding to such issues, Professor David Adams from the University of Tasmania proposed and established the Tasmanian Food Security Council in 2009. As Tasmania’s inaugural Social Inclusion Commissioner, David has significantly raised the profile of food security issues in the state.

Chairing the Tasmanian Food Security Council, David was integral in developing a food security strategy for the state, titled “Food for all Tasmanians”. The first of its kind within a state government context, the strategy identified who was most at risk of experiencing food insecurity in Tasmania, and provided recommendations for creating a more food secure state.

A leader in management in innovation, Professor David Adams has much to share at our upcoming conference. David will speak on the Tasmanian experience, and offer key insights on how to organise food security policies that work to drive positive change.

Lila Kennelly

You can find more about Professor David Adams here, register for the conference here, or ask a question here.


Photo credit: Martin Cathrae


[i] National Health Survey (2004/05)

[ii] Tasmanian Food Security Council (2012)

[iii] University of Tasmania, and Healthy Food Access Tasmania (2014)