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Protecting land, food and future ‘within our grasp’ – author on debut book

Anika Molesworth’s debut book, Our Sunburnt Country, is now available for pre-order.

In the book, which Pan Mac Millan Australia will release autumn, she explains how protecting our land, food, and future is “within our grasp”.

Our Sunburnt Country

The farmer, scientist and storyteller lives and works on Wilyakali land, the traditional home of the Wilyakali people.

She “fell in love” with her family’s farm, a sheep station near Broken Hill, at an early age.

When the decade-long Millennium drought hit, Anika’s heart ached to see her beloved home ravaged by dust storms and heatwaves. It was also when she began to realise the correlation between the land, the climate and food on our plates.

As she began to learn more about the causes of – and the solutions to – the extreme weather that was devastating her and other farmer’s homes, Anika became determined to speak out.

After consulting farmers, scientists, chefs and nutritionists all around the world, Anika began to realise that there was a way forward that could be both practical and sustainable – “if only we could build up the courage to take it”.

According to Matthew Evans, chef and best-selling author, she “weaves philosophy, science and a poet’s eye into a heart-warming tale of how to help heal the planet” in Our Sunburnt Country.

Craig Reucassel, host of War Waste, said: “Our young farmers face the worst effects of climate change, but they also have the most solutions.”

“In Australia, our climate debate can be depressing. In the hands of Anika Molesworth, it is uplifting and full of hope.”

Michael E. Man, internationally best-selling author, added:

“Anika Molesworth invites us to imagine a better future. Read this book and be inspired.”


Anika is an agroecologist with a masters of sustainable agriculture and a PhD in agriculture and environmental management.

She has been working in international agricultural development for the past six years, giving her a holistic perspective of farming and food system issues on a global scale.

Anika is a founding director of Farmers for Climate Action. She collaborates with farmers worldwide through her organisation Climate Wise Agriculture, and she is a prominent youth voice in rural Australia with the Young Farming Champions.

Further reading

Read more about the book here and pre-order your copy today.

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