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

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]

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]

Seafood and aquaculture 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]

Apiculture projects

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]

Cross-category projects

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]

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]

 Alternative proteins

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]

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