Trucks in queue

Trucks waiting after QLD floods

Resilience refers to the adapative capacity of an organisation or system or individual in a changing environment or the ability of a system to recover following an emergency. Super storm Sandy in the US tested the resilience of infrastructure in that region, especially electricity and transport. Food security depends to a large extent on the resilience of critical infrastructure. Infrastructure enables the delivery of essential services that support the food supply chain including transport, water, power, health, education, communication, critical systems[1]and emergency services.

Our study of risk and food security indicated infrastructure to be a possible or likely or almost certain risk over the next 10 years and most food organisations indicated the consequences could be either catastrophic or major on organisational value. Critical systems risk was rated similar to infrastructure risk. Many firms indicated infrastructure is now constraining their capacity to implement an effective risk management culture for dealing with climate change impacts because they have little control over the service.

[1] Critical systems are systems with which failure can have a major or catastrophic impact on life, the environment and/or functionality of assets. Measurement indicators include reliability, safety, availability, security and functionality.