NZBIDA five year research plan

NZBIDA systems
The following section outlines our four main workstreams.

1. Designing, monitoring and managing agro-ecosystems within multi-functional landscapes

Testing that digital technologies can support strategic decision-making at the farm scale that leads to stronger food system sustainability and resilience. Here we focus especially on layers of data about landscapes, natural resources (including soils, waterways, terrestrial and aquatic biodiversity) integrated with processor, consumer and societal feedback.

2. Transforming interactions with consumers through the value chain

Exploring how digital technology can be used to (a) assess, interpret, and anticipate changes in consumer needs, so that our production systems are more flexible and truly address consumer wellbeing, and (b) design new products and processes to meet consumer needs.

3. Supporting tactical and operational decision making with digital technologies integrated by design

Integrating artificial intelligence, computer science, and data capture technologies within the farm system to support the complex decision-making processes underpinning the envisioned, diversified agri-ecosystems.

4. An animal-centric dairy industry enabled by digital technology

  • Establishing easier access to metrics of animal welfare
  • Enabled by integration of data, models and digital technologies
  • Improved on-farm decision-making and providing transparency along the supply chain.

Within these research themes, we will:

  • Develop examples of new science that underpin digital solutions
  • Develop specific examples of where and how to use digital technologies provide solutions that catalyse and facilitate new value chains
  • Undertake Māori led co-development of digital technologies with Māori agri-businesses founded on tikanga and Kaupapa Māori
  • Focus on developing co-designed outcome solutions that use integrated multi-disciplinary research teams to deliver
  • Integrate the human element required to achieve transformation, including around adoption and use of technology.

Why we are doing this?

To demonstrate how digital technologies can make a major contribution to achieving sustainability, resilience, adaptability and flexibility in food systems that foster the wellbeing of all livings things involved (farmers, communities, farm animals and wildlife and ecosystem health) and produce food that meets consumer needs.