The Future Food Systems Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) is a national initiative funded as part of the Australian Government’s CRC Program and commenced in December 2019.
The CRC Program was established to drive industry-led collaborations between industry, researchers and the community that improve the competitiveness, productivity and sustainability of Australian industries, especially in sectors where Australia has a competitive strength.
The Future Food Systems CRC was created to power innovation and growth in the agrifood sector by accelerating the adoption of STEM technologies and cluster approaches to industry development, resilience and sustainability.
Working with government and industry stakeholders, initially in six food-hub regions around Australia, the CRC is analysing local opportunities for co-designing environmentally efficient farm-to-consumer production systems, drawing on solutions developed with industry, government and research partners.
CRC industry partners include large and small firms across farming, food manufacturing and technology services that share a vision for increasing Australia’s ability to value-add agrifood production and build scale in growth markets for trusted, healthy food and advanced precision-nutrition goods.
The broader aims of the CRC include new science- and technology-related jobs and education pathways; improved community health outcomes through the provision of customised food goods; well-coordinated planning and infrastructure sequencing; and synergies with other sectors such as renewable energy, health and tourism.
In addition to providing research and development services to its partners, the CRC is assisting in graduating 60 PhD students and helping to train a new generation of agrifood-industry professionals.
“Investment in high-tech, sustainable regional agrifood systems, co-located with rapid freight hubs, is central to reaping the rewards presented by domestic and Asian markets for value-added, provenance-protected healthy foods. Not just new technology but new partnerships, business models and true customer focus is key to future growth in our industry.”
Fiona Simson, Chair,
Future Food Systems CRC
Commercially focused innovation
“Fast-moving companies worldwide are establishing entirely new product and service hybrids that disrupt their own markets and generate fresh revenue streams.”
– Austrade, Australian Disruptive Technologies, 2017