Current SFF Futures projects
Find out about Sustainable Food & Fibre Futures (SFF Futures) projects that have been funded so far.
SFF Futures project categories
The Sustainable Food & Fibre Futures (SFF Futures) Programme began in late 2018. It’s still early days for SFF Futures and many projects are still at the approval stage. We'll update this web page with information about most of the projects as they are contracted.
The programme will be funding projects under 10 broad categories:
- seafood and aquaculture
- cross-category projects
- alternative proteins
- other biological products
- natural fibres
A novel approach to probiotics for production animals
BioBrew aims to demonstrate the efficacy of probiotics for lambing to help farmers reduce the use of anthelmintics (antiparasitic drugs) while maintaining production and profitability.
Information sheet [PDF, 268 KB]
Phosphine treatment of avocados
New Zealand Avocado is investigating an alternative quarantine treatment for avocados.
Information sheet [PDF, 431 KB]
Seed certification information system
The Seed Quality Management Authority is developing an up-to-date, efficient, accurate, and robust seed certification system to protect and grow New Zealand’s $400 million seed industry.
Information sheet [PDF, 463 KB]
Taking stock: Resolving New Zealand’s cultivated plants problem
SFF Futures is supporting a major initiative to significantly improve the documentation and recording of cultivated plants in New Zealand.
Information sheet [PDF, 1.1 MB]
Unified approach to vegetable on-farm biosecurity
SFF Futures is supporting Onions New Zealand to develop 2 on-farm biosecurity manuals for covered crops and outdoor crops, in collaboration with a number of other product groups in the vegetable sector.
Information sheet [PDF, 419 KB]
Food safety for challenging markets
New Zealand Apples and Pears Inc is investigating new procedures and will develop best practice guidelines to manage the risk of food-borne pathogens on apples and pears.
Information sheet [PDF, 390 KB]
Meeting the demand for New Zealand extra virgin olive oil
The demand for New Zealand extra virgin olive oil currently exceeds supply. Olives New Zealand aims to increase the yield of established groves by refining growing and harvesting methods.
Information sheet [PDF, 280 KB]
Use of native plants as an alternative to herbicides in vineyards
Villa Maria is investigating an unorthodox way to manage the area under vines. This breaks with the conventional practice of maintaining the area as bare dirt via chemical (herbicide) or mechanical (cultivation) methods.
Information sheet [PDF, 273 KB]
Brown seaweed for a blue economy
Waikaitu Ltd aims to transform New Zealand Undaria pinnatifida seaweed from a costly mussel-industry pest into a sustainable, high-value agricultural product for the global market.
Information sheet [PDF, 453 KB]
Building a resilient future for New Zealand oyster aquaculture
Aquaculture New Zealand is developing a business case to establish a commercial-scale oyster hatchery system.
Information sheet [PDF, 271 KB]
Commercial seaweed aquaculture to reduce agricultural methane emissions
Cawthron Institute aims to substantially reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions through a seaweed-based cattle feed supplement.
Information sheet [PDF, 263 KB]
Wakame Fresh – Project Whakatiputipu
Wakame Fresh aims to turn invasive Undaria, or wakame, into a premium edible export for the Japanese market.
Information sheet [PDF, 775 KB]
Puāwaitia te Takapau Horanui
Horanui is a project to assess the use of an innovative network infrastructure to support the deployment of sensor technology to rurally remote areas.
Information sheet [PDF, 258 KB]
Parengarenga BioChar project
Parengarenga Incorporation is exploring the use of BioChar in Northland soils. BioChar is a form of organic matter charred under controlled high temperature conditions, which is used overseas as an environmentally friendly soil conditioner.
Information sheet [PDF, 296 KB]
NZ Dairy Breed Societies DIGAD integration and TOP solution
The NZ Dairy Cattle Breed Societies are developing a modern way to collect and record vital data on animal traits, which is used to shape the genetics powering our multi-billion dollar dairy sector.
Information sheet [PDF, 627 KB]
Innovating for a sustainable future
BIOTechNZ will lead a comprehensive study into the current state of, and future opportunities for, biotechnology. The aim is to contribute to New Zealand’s economic growth and diversification and help to make New Zealand cleaner, healthier and more prosperous.
Information sheet [PDF, 368 KB]
Open Farms is a nationwide, cross-sector open farm day experience designed to reconnect urban Kiwis with the people and places that grow our food.
Information sheet [PDF, 618 KB]
Supporting New Zealand young farmers
The NZ Federation of Young Farmers Clubs Inc is designing a digital platform to support young people in the primary sector.
Information sheet [PDF, 697 KB]
Piloting scaled spirulina production
NZ Algae Innovations Ltd is piloting scaled spirulina production, which may create a new sector for New Zealand’s primary industries.
Information sheet [PDF, 510 KB]
The biology and impact of poplar sawfly in New Zealand
Research on the poplar sawfly’s biology and impact on different poplar varieties will inform New Zealand’s approach to long-term management of this pest.
Information sheet [PDF, 575 KB]
Varroa Elimination Unit (VEU)
An SFF Futures project led by Cooling Solutions Ltd will trial 14 Varroa elimination units to help protect bee colonies from Varroa infestations.
Information sheet [PDF, 440 KB]