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 mission and vision

QAAFI’s mission is to significantly improve the competitiveness and sustainability of tropical and sub-tropical agriculture and food sectors through high-impact science. 

Our vision is sustainable agriculture and food achieved through science and innovation. We are a world-class connected research institute in crop, horticulture, animal, and nutrition and food sciences, delivering industry-driven economic, environmental, and social impact.

QAAFI’s seeks to address the challenges in Agriculture and Food for the tropical and subtropical world through the following objectives:

  • World class agricultural research - furthering the QAAFI reputation and standing in agricultural science and research in Australia and the world.
  • Innovation in agriculture and food - addressing the global challenges in sub-tropical and tropical agriculture.
  • Queensland focused, global opportunities - focusing on the sustainable growth of Queensland food and agribusinesses.
  • Industry relevance, uptake, and impact - supporting sustainable agriculture and food industries through industry impact, directed research and development.
  • People and partnerships – to be known as the premier agricultural research institute in Australia and one of the top three in the world, fostering excellence in science, people, and partnerships.

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.

#3 in the world

We're #3 worldwide and #1 in Australia for agriculture, according to the NTU Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities 2020.

#25 in the world

We're #25 worldwide and #1 in Australia for agriculture, says the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020.


#14 in the world

We're #14 worldwide and #1 in Australia for environmental sciences, in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020.


  #14 in the world

The 2021 AWRU Global Ranking of Academic Subjects ranks us #14 worldwide and #1 in Australia for food science and technology.

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