Our Consortium

The Future Food Systems CRC consortium has been initiated by the NSW Farmers Association in consultation with the National Farmers Federation and Food Innovation Australia Ltd (the Federal Growth Centre for Food and Agribusiness).

Our industry partners include large and small firms across farming, food manufacturing, technology services and marketing who share a vision for a new, connected value chain for high value goods.

Our research partners include the University of NSW,  Queensland University of Technology, Murdoch University,  Western Sydney University, the University of New England, Charles Darwin University, Horticulture Innovation Australia, the  George Institute and the NSW Department of Primary Industry.

CRC research and capability programs will support participants in optimising the productivity of regional and urban food systems, taking new products from prototype to market and implementing rapid, provenance-protected supply chains from farm to consumer.

Working with regional stakeholders in towns like Mildura and periurban areas like Western Sydney,  the CRC will analyse local challenges and design integrated  solutions that are grounded in collaborative business cultures:  farms, greenhouse complexes, food factories, freight forwarders, and services providers linked by smart logistics in well planned mosaic landscapes.

Our Chair

Fiona Simson is the President of National Farmers Federation and is a Board member of NRMA (NSW), the Australian Made Campaign Ltd, and AgStewardship Australia.

“Investment in high-tech, sustainable regional agrifood systems, co-located with airports to enable rapid freight, 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

Consortium lead

David Eyre, General Manager, Research & Innovation, NSW Farmers.  Contact: eyred@nswfarmers.org.au

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