SFF Futures projects: cross-category

The projects are listed according to their start dates. The latest project is at the top.

Understanding the global market potential for NZ sheep and beef farmers adopting regenerative agriculture

Project start: 18 July 2020
Project length: 1 year
MPI funding: $390,000
Industry funding: $260,000
Industry partner: Beef + Lamb NZ, Bragato Research Institute
Region: Nationwide

This project is researching the global market potential of regenerative agriculture for New Zealand’s sheep, beef and wine sectors. It seeks to understand consumers’ attitudes and to provide a large-scale, evidence-based picture of the potential market upsides – or downsides – of regenerative agriculture.


Daily catch (COVID-19 response)

Project start: 18 June 2020
Project length: 1 year
MPI funding: $624,316
Industry funding: $392,492+
Industry partner: Snap Information Technologies Ltd
Region: Tasman

Daily Catch is developing an online marketplace to connect small primary producers with local customers. The platform will provide producers with a website to showcase their products alongside insights into how they are produced. This project was developed to support innovation in the supply chain and increase local produce sales during COVID-19.


Free-to-farmer FAP+ Portal Prototype

Project start: 15 May 2020
Project length: 1 year
MPI funding: $120,000
Industry funding: $120,000
Industry partner: FarmIQ Systems Ltd
Region: Nationwide

This project aims to connect the red meat industry to a new free-to-farmer digital portal (prototype). This will help farmers learn about and manage their interaction with New Zealand Farm Assurance standards. This will ultimately transform the way farmers manage all aspects of compliance with the standards.


Farming 2030

Project start: 8 May 2020
Project length: 1 year
MPI funding: $38,500
Industry funding: $29,175
Industry partner: Tasman Environmental Trust
Region: Nelson

A pilot farm in Golden Bay is trialling the development of a holistic sustainable farming model. This will include exploring farming practices that reduce on-farm greenhouse gas emissions, increase the sequestration of carbon in the soil and improve water quality. The knowledge gained will be shared with the New Zealand farming community.


Branching Out – diversifying land use and adding to Taranaki’s food and fibre value chains

Project start: 26 February 2020
Project length: 2 years
MPI funding: $594,800
Industry funding: $319,000
Industry partner: Venture Taranaki
Region: Taranaki

‘Branching Out’ will explore, investigate and potentially pilot new commercial opportunities in Taranaki's food and fibres sectors. The project aims to stimulate more diverse and complementary forms of land usage within the region to boost Taranaki’s economy.


Open Farms  

Project start: 13 February 2020
Project length: 1 day event to be held in 2020 and 2021
MPI funding: $50,000  
Industry funding: $160,000  
Industry partner: Open Farms Ltd 
Region: Nationwide

SFF Futures is supporting a nationwide, cross-sector Open Farm Day experiencedesigned to reconnect urban Kiwis with the people and places that grow our food.  


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