International Development Research
The Institute works closely with international partners to research, develop and implement sustainable farming, marketing and community systems. Sustainable rural and regional development in developing countries requires an understanding of the economic, environmental, social, institutional and physical characteristics and the interactions and relationships which influence a farmer's ability to produce marketable products.
The Institute works closely with national, regional and local governments in developing policies to assist rural development. We work closely with partner universities to both assist in the implementation of appropriate research and develop research capacity and culture. Projects undertaken by the Institute all work closely with farmers, rural industries and all market chain stakeholders to ensure results are relevant and improve the welfare of rural communities.
In recent years, international development has centred on Indonesia, Cambodia, Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu, with past and planned areas of work to include Fiji, the Greater Mekong area, East Timor, Thailand and the Philippines.