Major General the Honourable Michael Jeffery AC, AO(Mil), CVO, MC (Retd) hails from Wiluna, Western Australia, and his passion for agriculture and the healthy landscape
it depends on remains undiminished.
His distinguished military career includes operational service in Malaya, Borneo,Papua New Guinea and Vietnam, where he was awarded the Military Cross and the
South Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. He served as Governor of Western Australia from 1993 - 2000, and as Australia’s Governor-General between 2003 and 2008.
Before taking up residence at Government House in Canberra, Michael established a not for profit strategic research institute – Future Directions International (FDI) in Perth.
Regenerative agriculture vision
Currently, he is Chairman of Future Directions International, Soils For Life, The Constitutional Education Fund Australia (CEFA) and The Australian Trachoma Alliance (ATA) and, in October 2013, he was
appointed as Australia's National Advocate for Soil Health.
In that role, Michael has been pivotal in alerting Australians to the generally poor quality of our soils. His vision – to encourage all Australians to focus on soil health
and the urgent need to regenerate our urban and rural landscapes – underpins the work of Soils For Life.
Michael believes the immense body of scientifically proven practices, undertaken as part of our Case Study Program, has the potential to be applied internationally. India, China, sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle
East and many other countries are facing the same dire outlook, with severely degraded soils and reduced nutrient and water holding capacity.
Michael believes Australia can help teach farmers worldwide, how to regenerate their landscapes, produce more nutritious food, and create healthier communities.
February 2019 - In a recent interview on Radio WA, Michael gives a terrific explanation of what we do at Soils For Life and how it is relevant to anyone who eats. Listen here
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In 2018, as Australia’s National Advocate for Soil Health, General Jeffery presented his paper, "Restore the Soil: Prosper the Nation", to both the Prime Minister and the
Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, the Hon. David Littleproud. The paper is currently being considered by the Federal and State Governments.