The purpose of the Forum was to gain a deeper understanding of each organisation’s vision, strategic direction, structure and key initiatives so areas of shared investment and potential collaboration could be identified for Hort Innovation’s new Strategic Co-investment Funding Pool (SCIFP) (Pool 2).
Hort Innovation’s SCIFP (Pool 2) will match strategic co-investment funds with at least $20 million of government seed funds annually to address cross-industry challenges and opportunities of strategic and long-term importance to Australia’s horticulture industries.
CSIRO and Hort Innovation representatives helped form the future investment strategies at the Forum, where four areas of shared alignment were identified:
- Food safety, health and nutrition
- Novel technologies
- Market access
- Consumer insights.
- Explore opportunities with market access to India including value chain dynamics and market intelligence
- Identify deeper market and consumer insights of horticultural produce to ensure they are accessible to the industry and commercial value chain users
- Explore value add opportunities of horticultural produce.
“Hort Innovation is committed to working with a strategic co-investment partner like CSIRO on initiatives including Research and Development (R&D),” Mr Lloyd said.
“Our priority is to make strategic investments that seek to increase the productivity, farm gate profitability and global competitiveness of Australia’s horticulture industries.”
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