The BHU Future Farming Centre

Partner Organisations and Networks

The BHU Future Farming Centre is a member of a number of national and international research networks and has linkages to a wide range of organisations from across the globe that have similar interests and objectives, and with which it is collaborating to varying degrees. (Alphabetical list). 

The Euroleague for Life Sciences (ELLS) (Europe) is a network of leading universities cooperating in the fields of Natural Resource Management, Agricultural and Forestry Sciences, Life Sciences, Animal Sciences, Food Sciences, and Environmental Sciences.  The FFC is linked to ELLS via Lincoln University which is the NZ ELLS partner institution.

FiBL (EU) The Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL was founded in 1973 and now has centres in Switzerland, Germany and Austria. FiBL's strengths are closely linked interdisciplinary research and the rapid transfer of knowledge from research to extension to agricultural practice.

LandWISE Inc. (NZ)  LandWISE was formed in 1999 to promotes sustainable crop production through leadership, support, research and to coordinate on-farm research and development, primarily in the vegetable and arable cropping industries. 

Lincoln University (NZ) The BHU Organics Trust, the parent body of the FFC, is a joint venture between Lincoln University (LU) and the New Zealand organic movement and the BHU is situated on the LU campus.  The BHU and FFC therefore has strong links with LU, including three representatives on its Board, including Prof. Sheelagh Matear, as the Vice-Chancellor's representative and Prof. Steve Wratten, Professor of Ecology and Dr Roddy Hale as academic representatives. 

The Nafferton Ecological Farming Group (UK) is a research unit within the School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development at Newcastle University. NEFG researchers focus on low-input and organic approaches to crop and livestock management, and are based at Nafferton, one of the university’s research farms.

Organics Aotearoa New Zealand (NZ) OANZ provides national leadership and vision for the organic sector in Aotearoa New Zealand. Our main purpose is to co-ordinate the collective resources of the organic sector in the wider interests of New Zealand. When and as required, we advocate and negotiate on behalf of the member organisations to maintain and strengthen the internationally-recognised core organic principles of: Health; Ecology; Fairness; Care.

The Organic Research Centre - Elm Farm (UK) is a registered charity whose business is to develop and support sustainable land-use, agriculture and food systems, primarily within local economies, which build on organic/agro-ecological principles to ensure the health and well-being of soil, plant, animal, people and our environment. The Organic Research Centre was established in 1980 as a "Centre of Excellence" to address the major issues raised by a resource hungry global economy based on an intensive agricultural system.

Organic Research Centres Alliance (Intl) ORCA aims to internationally network and strengthen existing institutions with scientific credentials and empower them to become centers of excellence in transdisciplinary organic agriculture research.

The Sárvári Research Trust (UK) is a not-for-profit company based near Bangor in North Wales, U.K. We breed Sárpo potatoes, resistant to late-blight disease.  We research the late-blight pathogen, Phytophthora infestans, and how it manages to evade most methods of control.

Technology Innovation Platform of IFOAM  (Intl) TIPI is a research action network of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) that is being initiated by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) in collaboration with other research institutions around the world.

Washington State University, Department of Crop & Soil Sciences, Organic Farm (USA) headed by Regents Prof. of Soil Science and Agroecology, Dr John Reganold. The Organic Farm is committed to education, research, and extension. As a teaching farm the primary goal is to pass on the skills necessary to grow organic fruits and vegetables in an intensive small-scale environment. The farm is available to the WSU scientific community to conduct organic research projects.