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Our team is taking the lead in the establishment of vital projects in the industry based on real-world problems. Our strength is that we are working with collaborators on the ground to ensure we're developing solutions that are applicable and powerful.

We have projects already underway, projects seeking partners for the next steps in development, and expertise that may be the solution to an issue in your industry.

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Our current portfolio of research programs is best categorised under three programs.

Program 1: Agribusiness Information Systems
Program 2: Commercialisation and uptake of technologies in agribusiness
Program 3: Policy and decision tools

Green paddock

Program 1: Agribusiness Information Systems

ProjectProject TypePartnersStage of ImplementationCompletion DateDescriptionRead more...Contact
Valuation of supply chain informationPhD

Seeking partners

Started2019PhD student Nikki Zhang is surveying meat industry firms, farms and retailers to generate estimates of the financial value of information in the Australian red meat supply chains.

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Nikki Zhang, Derek Baker
Improved livestock data collection methodsResearch and pilot projectFAO, Ministries of Livestock and Agriculture in Indonesia, Botswana and TanzaniaComplete, now working on applications2017Under the Global Strategy for Improving Agricultural Statistics, UNE researchers Phil Morley, Michael Coleman, Derek Baker and Omphile Temoso are using survey data to test and apply new livestock data collection methodsReport on field work
Report on data gap analysis
Report literature review
Conference presentation on measurements on sheep and goats, Botswana
Derek Baker, Phil Morley
Development of mechanisms to accelerate uptake of genetic information by commercial sheep and beef producersResearchNSW DPIProposal stage2020National Livestock Genetics Consortium Derek Baker
Influence of consumer perceptions of technology on uptake of such technologies by actors in Australian food and fibre supply chainsResearch

NSW DPI

Jobs For NSW’s AgTech Cluster

Proposal stage2018Agrifutures proposal Derek Baker
Development of efficient and effective data sharing platforms in research environmentsPhD programmeUNE SMART
Region Incubator
1st year2020UNE staff member Matthew
Wysel is developing a data
platform that provides an entry point for business to UNE’s data, expertise and industrial applications. A Centre for
Agribusiness PhD scholarship is dedicated to this project.
BANKSMatthew
Wysel
, Derek
Baker

Cattle in a green paddock


Program 2: Commercialisation and uptake of technologies in agribusiness

ProjectProject TypePartnersStage of ImplementationCompletion DateDescriptionRead more...Contact
UNE SMART Region IncubatorEstablishment and
support of an
incubator to exploit
the scientific
knowledge base of UNE and the
entrepreneurial
drive of the New
England and
Northwest
NSW
Government
Midway2017With facilities based in Tamworth and Armidale, the incubator offers an exciting opportunity for
joint efforts by UNE and the regional community to generate new business, boost exports and add value to people and
products.
UNE SMART Region
Incubator
Lou Conway
Examination of the efficiency of farm-to-fork enterprises in AustraliaA survey-based analysis of vertically integrated agribusiness in Australia, including the identification of appropriate performance measures and benchmarking procedures.In discussion with partnersStarting2019

The elimination of middlemen is often targeted as a business model, and this general approach has become increasingly popular in Australian agribusiness.

Few objective measures of success, and of management and informational determinants of success, have been delivered by agribusiness researchers. This project seeks to do this, while developing a benchmark-based management tool for farm-to-fork businesses.

 

Masood Azeem, Derek Baker

Innovation in food industry firms (a) international studyAn international comparison of innovation performance and factors affecting it. Started2018Using World Bank firm-level data on innovation in 19 countries, key management and contextual variables will be used to explain innovation 

Masood Azeem, Derek Baker

Innovation in food industry firms (b) Australian studyAn analysis of Australian firms’ innovation performance and factors affecting itAustralian Bureau of StatisticsPreparing partnership arrangements with ABS2018The Australian Bureau of Statistics conducts periodic surveys of Australian firms’ innovation behaviour and performance. This project seeks to draw lessons for Australian food industry managers and their networks of partners within the Australian innovation system. 

Masood Azeem, Derek Baker

Tray of vegetables


Program 3: Policy and decision tools

ProjectProject TypePartnersStage of ImplementationCompletion DateDescriptionRead more...Contact
Improved decision tools
for infrastructure
planning in regional
Australia
Development of
alternative and broadened sets of
measures and
analysis for
evaluation of rural road improvement
Rural Roads
Australia
and Moree
and Gwydir
local
authorities
Completed2017The upkeep and improvement of rural roads is a major cost item to central authorities and so is subject to certain criteria and analytic procedures. These may not recognise certain key roles in value addition to the products of regional Australia, nor the nature such regions of road use. This study will offer a way forward based on a case study, and
illuminate policy options.

Report

Derek Baker,
David Hadley
Feasibility study on
options for the NSW
glasshouse industry
An analysis of
industry potential,
and policy options
for industry
development
NSW
government
Report completed2017Glasshouse development is a
major new force in agribusiness and in regional economies. This project sets the scene for NSW
and identifies roles for
government and industry.
Report: Controlled Environment Horticulture Industry Potential in NSWDavid Hadley
Food WasteAn analysis of alternative policy and commercial approaches to reduce the costs associated with food wastePhD student Sarah Rohr and visiting scholar Prof Aldara Cesar da SilvaStarting2019A major cost influence in the food industry, and an unwanted distortion to ethical and efficiency considerations in food and resource policy for the future. 

Stuart Mounter

Euan Fleming

Derek Baker

Extent of women's entry to agribusiness ventures and sustainability in them, and factors affecting success.Survey Starting2018Project will research the extent to which women participate in the
agribusiness sector. The role of
incubators in supporting the
growth of female-led
agribusiness startups will also be examined.
 Lucie Newsome
Projections of the
longevity and
sustainability of quality
premia in Australian
agribusiness export
products
Utilisation of MLA
demand projections
and Wagyu Supply
projections to
provide a model of
price premia
Wagyu
breed
society
Starting
May
2017
2017Wagyu beef currently enjoys a
substantial price premium, and to date demand growth has
outstripped supply growth. The current project examines the price premium for Wagyu beef, and the identification of
applications to other products,
and to product development
more generally
 Derek Baker,
Sam Meng and
Stuart Mounter
A study of the impact
on food shoppers’
behaviour of the opening of an Aldi store in Armidale NSW
A survey-based
analysis of change
in peoples’
shopping behaviour
 Completed2017Much is made of the dominance of Australia’s duopoly food retail structure, and the entry of Aldi is being followed with interest. Few studies directly address the period surrounding the opening of an Aldi store and the response of consumers.Conference
presentation
Rene Villano,
Stuart Mounter,
Garry Griffith
and Derek
Baker
Developing and testing
the concept of value
chain failure in the pig
meat and fruit and
vegetable industries
Building on
previous work with Beef supply chains,
applications for improved supply chain performance
are extended to other commodities
MLA,
University
of Bonn,
Germany
Near
completion
2017In this project, the concepts of
chain failure and chain goods are being applied to sustainability
questions in the Australian and
German pig meat and fruit and
vegetable industries. The aim is to understand how different trading and policy environments help or hinder whole of chain
solutions. Animal welfare and
food waste are particular
concerns in this project.
Publication on chain failure
Publication on industry
clusters
Publication on
strategic fit in
the beef
industry
Publication on vertical
arrangements in supply chains
Garry Griffith,
Euan Fleming,
Stuart Mounter
Measuring the benefits
of beef genomic
technologies in the
Wyoming cattle
industry
Building on
Australian
experience,
application is made to a State-level
commodity beef industry in the USA.
University
of
Wyoming,
USA
Near
completion
2017This project measures the
benefits of beef genomic
technologies in the Wyoming
cattle industry.
This project also builds on
partnership with the University of Wyoming, the hosts of our
student agribusiness study tour in June 2017.
Article in US
magazine
Garry Griffith
Designing and
implementing new free
range value chains in
the small scale and
emerging sector of the
South African beef
industry
Development and
testing of
smallholder
capacities for action on competitive
supply chains.
Australian
Centre for
International
Agricultural
Research
(ACIAR),
Agricultural
Research
Council
(South
Africa),
National
Agricultural
Marketing
Council
(South
Africa)
Midway2020New value chains for pasture
finished beef from small-scale and emerging cattle farmers are being developed and trialled with some of South Africa’s major
supermarket chains. Typically the cattle owned by these farmers are not suited to feedlot finishing (70% of beef consumed in South Africa is grain fed), and the farmers have to sell into low value local markets. A high value market for pasture finished beef is currently met by imports. The project tests local supply in this role.
ACIAR project
link
Heather
Burrow
, Garry
Griffith
Design of tertiary
education programmes
for Australian
agribusiness
Survey and
consultation with
Australian
agribusiness firms
about securing and
retaining
employees with
suitable
qualifications.
DFAT
Australia
under the
COALAR
programme,
Universidad
Nacional del
Sur
(Argentina),
Australian
Meat
Processors’
Corporation, Armidale
Business
Chamber, IT
International
Started2018Experience with study
scholarships, recruitment of
graduates and postgraduates,
retention of graduate staff, and industry-level collaboration will
be surveyed. Elements of
industry strategy will be
formulated and partnerships
established between commercial firms and UNE.
COALAR project
link
Derek Baker
Links between the
regional economy and
agribusiness
Development of regional
development
indicators, and extensions to
agribusiness
Currently in discussion with NSW DPIStarted2018State-level economic
performance measures do not
necessarily reflect that of the
regions and the primary
industries, and this project
disaggregates data to provide a fuller picture.
Conference
presentation
Shawn Leu, Ed
Lefley