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.

Current Projects

High quality markets and value chains for small-scale and emerging beef cattle farmers in South Africa (2015 - 2018)

Improving methods for estimating livestock production and productivity (2015 - 2016)

Enhancing Management and Processing Systems for Value-Adding in Plantation-Grown Whitewood in Vanuatu (2013 - 2016)

Market-focused integrated crop and livestock enterprises for NW Cambodia (2012 - 2016)

Domestic and International Market Development for High-Value Cattle and Beef in South East Cambodia (2012 - 2016)

An Integrated Approach for Systemic Change and Sustained Development of the Papua New Guinea Sweetpotato Value Chain (2012 - 2016)

Pilot – A Business Approach to Product and Market Development for Processed Sweetpotato Products in Papua New Guinea (2014 - 2015)

Completed Projects