We are a research institute of The University of Queensland, one of the world’s leading research providers in tropical and sub-tropical agriculture and food production.

We work across crops, horticulture, animals, and nutrition and food sciences, and are supported by industry and the Queensland Government. 

QAAFI is comprised of four inter-related research centres, with a focus on the challenges facing tropical and sub-tropical food and agribusiness sectors in the tropical and subtropical systems. 

QAAFI's vision and purpose

Our vision is to enable Queensland and Australia to be the globally recognised leader in high-impact subtropical and tropical agrifood research and knowledge leadership, advancing the competitiveness and sustainability of agriculture and food systems.

Our purpose is to solve major challenges in a rapidly changing world by conducting and leading collaborative research, innovation and capacity building through trusted partnerships in agriculture, food, and nutrition.

Our strategic plan 2022-2026, aligns five drivers for success across four Centres and strategic themes.

Strategic Drivers – Aligning our five drivers of success:

  1. Sharp focus on innovation, industry outcomes and local and global opportunities (for Queensland, Australia, and the region).
  2. World-class multidisciplinary research excellence with critical mass delivering relevant and actionable solutions.
  3. Being a strategy and team-driven Institute unleashing individual brilliance.
  4. Leveraging across the full capacity of our alliance partners, UQ and DAF.
  5. Strengthening the development of industry-engaged world-class higher degree students and researchers.

Strategic ThemesQAAFI will build on its four discipline Centres (Crop Science, Animal Science, Horticultural Science and Nutrition & Food Sciences) to establish three cross-cutting themes that focus on solutions and impact:

  1. Predictive Agriculture for Improved Productivity and Value
  2. Climate Resilient and Environmentally Sustainable Agriculture
  3. Healthy Agriculture, Food and Communities

Critical Success Factors and Key Enablers

  • Alliance Partner Engagement
  • Collaboration & External Stakeholders
  • Industry & Community, Impact & Translation
  • People, Culture & Leadership
  • Resources & Funding

UQ is ranked #1 in Australia for agricultural research

We're ranked best in Australia and as a top-performing international leader in several of the world's most prestigious league tables and assessments.

#4 in the world

We're #4 worldwide and #1 in Australia for agriculture, according to the the NTU Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities 2023

#16 in the world

We're #16 worldwide and #1 in Australia for agriculture and forestry in the  QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023.


#20 in the world

We're #20 worldwide and #1 in Australia for environmental sciences, in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023.



#23 in the world

We're #23 worldwide and #1 in Australia for food science and technology in the Shanghai Ranking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2023

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