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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
Within these research themes, we will:
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.