The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) joined forces to organise the 5th WCCA and 3rd FSD in Australia in September 2011.

The combination of 5th WCCA and 3rd FSD effort brings a unique opportunity to discuss the application of conservation agriculture principles from a farming systems perspective. At this meeting we will discuss conservation agriculture principles in both large-scale, high-tech commercial farms, and small-scale low-cost smallholder farms from developing regions in the world in the context of food security concerns, increasing food demand and climate change. The Congress expects to attract over 700 scientists, students, farm managers, policy makers, conservationists and others interested in sustainability, conservation and farming systems.

Theme 1: More efficient management practices for Conservation Agriculture to improve livelihoods / profitability / food security and to reduce environmental footprint

Theme 2: Designing productive farming systems that integrate solutions and balance trade-offs

Theme 3: Achieving impact through more effective consultation, participation and knowledge sharing

Theme 4: Informing policy development and supporting market effectiveness

Full details on the Congress are available at: For paper submission, enquiries and accommodation, please contact: WCCA 5 & FSD3 2011 Secretariat, PO Box 3599, South Brisbane Qld 4101, AUSTRALIA, Ph: +61 (0) 7 3255 1002, Fax: +61 (0) 7 3255 1004, Email: