Research Collaborations

At FAR we believe in strong research collaborations within New Zealand and internationally. Long standing relationships with public and private sector providers have been developed as a means of efficiently delivering the best quality science to farmers.

There are several models under which FAR operates these collaborations, some of which are multi-sector and involve government funding such as the Forages for Reduced Nitrate Leaching and Maximising the Value of Irrigation programmes. Other examples of private-public collaborations are programmes under the MPI Sustainable Farming Fund. These are shorter projects, at the more applied end of research, typically involving more than one party and often be co-funded by partners interested in one or more aspects of the project at a regional or national level.

Internationally, FAR has built strong research links with other cropping related organisations such as NIAB-TAG in the UK and GRDC in Australia, as well as Universities and other research institutes across the world.

The joint research programme aiming to maximise wheat yields in New Zealand, 20 tonnes by 2020 in which FAR and Plant & Food Research share their resources for a better outcome, also involves NIAB-Tag from the UK with a valuable exchange of materials and results.

FAR Australia has also had strong ties with research funder GRDC, and is currently conducting research in Tasmania for a programme called Hyper yielding wheats. This project has strong linkages to the 20 tonnes by 2020 programme in New Zealand.

Contact: Ivan Lawrie, ivan.lawrie@far.org.nz