Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation Excellence in tropical and subtropical agriculture and food research
The Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI) is a research institute of the University of Queensland (UQ) which was formed through an alliance between UQ and the Queensland Government in October 2010.
QAAFI brings together research scientists from UQ and the Queensland Government’s Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation (DEEDI) from across the areas of plant, animal and food sciences.
The QAAFI mission is to significantly improve the productivity, competitiveness and sustainability of tropical and subtropical food, fibre and agri-business industries, while becoming internationally recognised for its agriculture and food research and providing excellence in research and development.
QAAFI incorporates three centres:
- The Centre for Plant Science
- The Centre for Animal Science
- The Centre for Nutrition and Food Sciences
Each of these centres operates as independent entities and as part of the bigger coordinated effort known as QAAFI.
Number of employees: > 120
Main business focus/
Listing by sector:
- Research Organisation
- AgBio - Plant
- AgBio - Animal
QAAFI research will benefit Queensland food and agricultural industries and will position Queensland as a national and international leader in tropical and subtropical research.
The institute’s capacity will be promoted to attract national and international expertise and investment that will ensure its relevance to industry and its ability to service the sector long term.
The Centre for Plant Science works towards developing well-adapted plants and production systems to deliver improved crops, integrated crop protection, and sustainable production systems to meet the national and global challenges of this century.
The Centre for Animal Science works to improve animal health, welfare and productivity in the animal livestock industries. It will undertake major research, teaching, consultancy and community-based service programs to do with the cattle, pig, poultry and sheep industries.
The Centre for Nutrition and Food Sciences involves scientists from physical/engineering, biological/chemical, health/nutrition, and agriculture/food disciplines. Projects include research into a wide range of food safety and food nutrition issues.
QAAFI brings together research scientists from The University of Queensland and the Queensland Government’s Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) across the areas of plant, animal and food sciences.
Pacific Agribusiness Research for Development Initiative (PARDI)
PARDI is organised under the QAAFI Centre for Plant Science (CPS) and is funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR). Established in February 2010, PARDI is a relatively new initiative that seeks to create sustainable livelihood developments for the South Pacific forestry, fisheries and crop-based sectors.
QAAFI welcomes partners and sponsors to collaborate and support new and ongoing research programs.
Opportunities include ...
- Sponsor new and established research projects
- Sponsor research higher degree (RHD) scholarships
- Sponsor future QAAFI events
- Actively partner and collaborate in new and established research projects
- Fund professorial chairs in key research areas
|Contact person||Professor Robert Henry|
|Address||QAAFI, The University of Queensland|
|Phone||+61 7 3346 0551|
|Fax||+61 7 3346 0555|