The Australian Farm Institute has been established to conduct research into public policy issues impacting on the Australian farm sector, and to promote policy solutions that maximise the economic and social wellbeing of farmers. To do this, the Institute contracts leading academics and consultants (both within Australia and internationally) to carry out research projects on specific farm policy issues, promoting the outcomes of this research to policy-makers.
The Institute has a commitment to ensuring research findings are the conclusion of high quality, rigorous and objective analysis. The Institute’s research is overseen by a Research Advisory Committee consisting of experienced senior researchers and academics. The Committee identifies strategic issues, and oversee the quality of research contracted out by the Institute to ensure it is of the highest calibre and is conducted objectively.
The Institute’s research program is structured around three key themes:-
Farm businesses – focusing on issues that impact on the ability of farmers to operate profitable businesses
Farm resources – focusing on natural resource management issues that impact on farmers
Farm communities – focusing on social issues impacting on farmers and their regional communities.
Research promotion is important to the Institute as it assists in the development of sound and innovative policy solutions, in addition to enlightening the wider community.