New relationships are being forged between AgResearch and key overseas science organisations.
The first is a strategic partnership with Uruguay’s National Institute of Agricultural Research, Catalonia’s Research & Technology & Food & Agriculture and Ireland’s Agriculture and Food Development Authority. It will focus on sustainability of the dairy, beef and sheep sectors.
In Uruguay, AgResearch is part of a family farm improvement project funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Knowledge built up in New Zealand will help lift the productivity and profitability in family farming in Uruguay, as well as helping in its retention of farmers in remote areas.
Another agreement between AgResearch and Teagasc is focussed on developing the next generation of scientists in both New Zealand and Ireland.
The agreement will mean co-funding seven PhD students who spend time between the two countries, and working in key areas that include greenhouse gas emissions, food safety and parasite control.