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

Completed Projects

Projects Completed 2013-2014
  • CGE modelling of potential carbon emissions policies in China (2013-2014)
  • A benefit cost analysis for the Great White Butterfly incursion in New Zealand (2013)
  • Market Diversification and Sweetpotato Processing in PNG: A Pre-feasibility Study (2012 - 2013)
  • Cost-effective biosecurity for NICPS operations in Indonesia (2008 - 2013)
Projects Completed 2004-2012
  • Risk Assessment of Livestock Movements for Disease Transmission in Eastern Indonesia and Eastern Australia (2008 - 2012)
  • Improving Veterinary Service Delivery in a Decentralised Indonesia (2008 - 2012)
  • Improving Marketing Efficiency, Postharvest Management and Value Addition of Sweetpotato in PNG
    (2008 - 2011)
  • Smallholder Commercial Pig Production in NTT – Opportunities for Better Market Integration (2008 - 2009)
  • Scoping Opportunities for Improving Biosecurity in Commercial Poultry in Indonesia (2007)
  • Linking Smallholders and Agribusiness: Social Capital and Rural Development in Eastern Indonesia (2005 - 2007)
  • Cooperative Research Project: Livestock and Management Systems (2004 - 2005)
  • Rehabilitation of Agriculture Faculty of the National University Timor (2004)