The Food and Agribusiness Research Organisations Network is a partnership of NSW food and research organisations, Department of Primary Industry and peak industry bodies formed in 2017 to ensure food and agricultural research capability and expertise is leveraged by industry and government.
The Network aims to establish a collaborative platform where research organisations can exchange ideas, share findings and collaborate on research projects that are aligned to industry needs, showcase research capabilities to the food and agribusiness industry sector, bring research organisations and industry together to enable industry to identify research needs and tap into existing research capability.
A collaborative initiative between Food Innovation Australia (FIAL), RDA Sydney, Hawkesbury Council, Western Sydney University and Hawkesbury Harvest with approximately 25 growers and manufacturers. This project aims to provide opportunities for growers and manufacturers to gradually gain the tools, resources and support to grow their business.
RDA Sydney has developed a strong support network through its initiative the Sydney Aerospace and Defence Interest Group (SADIG) which was established in 2012. The Greater Sydney region provides an economic contribution in Defence (2014-2015) of $4.35 billion, with over 15,000 people employed. Prime contractors operating out of the Sydney metropolitan area include Airbus, BAE Systems, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, Safran, and Thales Australia.
RDA Sydney recently surveyed over 700 SADIG members and friends to seek their views on the value and usefulness of SADIG services including canvassing suggestions on new strategic directions and funding structure. If you would like to understand the Sydney Aerospace and Defence industry capabilities just click on https://www.sadig.org.au/member-capabilities/
One of RDA Sydney’s key roles over the years has been monitoring the economic progress of the Sydney Region, particularly in terms of value and employment. In July 2018, RDA Sydney released updated data that drills down to the ANZSIC industry and subdivision levels and geographically right down to the Local Government Area level, covering the 33 LGAs of the Sydney Region.