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:

Meat projects

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]

Horticulture projects

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]

Seafood and aquatic projects

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]

Arable projects

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]

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