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

Our 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. 

#1 in Australia

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.

#17 in the world

We're #17 worldwide for Agricultural Sciences (NTU 2019) 


#11 in the world

We're #11 worldwide and #1 in Australia for environmental sciences, in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019.


  #23 in the world

The 2019 AWRU Global Ranking of Academic Subjects ranks us #23 worldwide and #1 in Australia for food science and technology.

  • 400

    People at QAAFI (Including; staff, students, researchers. honorary and affiliates 2018).

  • 103

    QAAFI students have been awarded a Higher Degree by Research (HDR)

  • $45.5 M

    Total research Income 2018

  • 210

    Active research contracts (2018)

  • 30+

    Countries collaborating in research

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