Through the third Meeting of the G20 Agricultural Chief Scientists (MACS), held in Brisbane on 19-20 June 2014, senior G20 science and policy officials aimed to set a vision for how global scientific research will contribute to a ‘transformative productivity lift’ in agriculture. To help further this aim, the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) was contracted by the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, to draw together research and provide further information for the MACS. This report includes information on:
• agricultural research and development (R&D) in G20 countries
• a summary of high-level R&D priority themes for G20 countries
• an introduction to open data and considerations and possible role for MACS
• information on spillover benefits for agricultural R&D
• considerations for international agricultural collaboration and information sharing
• introduction to agricultural productivity metrics and the approaches being pursued by MACS.
This report aims to consolidate information for the MACS which could aid the group’s future work program. It also provides a snapshot of high level decisions from previous MACS.