High tech, indoor agriculture is one of the most exciting innovation frontier in food production. Controlling inputs of light, water, energy and nutrition enables optimisation of quality and far greater consistency of supply. Read More

Controlling the
production environment

for adding value

Future investment in food technology must be focused on the most profitable and sustainable market segments. Industry needs include solutions for protecting the provenance of goods, increasing process automation and flexibility, and food science for healthy convenience meals, personalised foods and nutraceuticals Read More

New markets
and smart trade

By 2030, two thirds of the global middle class will be in the Asia Pacific region. The CRC will support industry partners in building scale in booming markets for trusted food in these markets. Services will include consumer insights, new product prototyping, provenance protection and innovation in export protocols for ecommerce. Read More

Speed to market
and export scale

Inland ports and fresh food precincts are key to building regional export capability for high value, perishable goods. The CRC will support regional food hubs in building the scale and consistency in supply needed to establish direct air freight services. Our vision is for master planned, fresh food precincts co-located with airports, with capability to deliver goods from paddock to plate in 48 hours. Read More

A skilled

Future Food Systems require new skills and capability across many disciplines. CRC research and industry partners bring extensive experience in developing and delivering capacity-building programs and will establish a comprehensive suite of training programs for graduates, postgraduates, planners, agrifood producers and managers, entrepreneurs, design technologists, policy advisers and technical staff. Read More


Optimising energy, water and other inputs is key to margin maximisation, and to environmental best practice on farm and through the value chain. Our team includes globally recognised expertise in commercial sustainability technology. Read More
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Imagine a future in which Australia value-adds a far larger proportion of its agricultural production before export – a future in which thriving regional and peri-urban centres lead the world in applying advanced food manufacturing, logistics and sustainability technology to the streamlined supply of healthy, trusted, customised products.

The Future Food Systems Cooperative Research Centre, a national consortium of growers and manufacturers, start-ups, industry bodies, government agencies and prestigious research institutions, is working to help make all this a reality for Australia.

From innovation in high-tech, high-yield indoor cropping to cutting-edge precision nutrition products to specialised food industry clusters that realise the unique potential of our agrifood regions, CRC research is helping to transform the way Australia produces, adds value to and delivers food worldwide, playing a significant role in achieving the federal government’s goal of near-doubling Australia’s agricultural-sector revenue by 2030.