Agribusiness research

We focus on research into management systems, to understand the context in which agricultural and environmental activities occur. Our aim is to ensure economic viability while maintaining or improving natural resources.

Research expertise

Cooperatives and collective action

Our expertise is in structure, ownership and governance of agricultural cooperatives and collectives in New Zealand and internationally This is encapsulated in the Cooperative Business Model that investigates cooperatives versus corporates and the competitiveness of cooperatives.



Current research involves climate change mitigation opportunities in the transport, building, industry and agriculture sectors of New Zealand and other global regions, with particular emphasis on renewable energy deployment and energy efficiency measures in cities, towns and small communities, and for the agri-food supply chain including on-farm systems. Contact


Entrepreneurship and innovation in agribusiness

How business in the agri environment can best utilise innovation to gain competitive advantage.


Farm business management

Our research includes farmer decision-making in strategic and tactical management of finance, production, human resource management and marketing. We also focus on farmer risk management practices, resilient farming systems design, high-performing farming systems, governance, succession planning and farm management tools.


Global food value chains

We have expertise in the structure, organisation and vertical coordination of food value chains. This includes value chain description and analysis, food value chain integrity and modelling value change efficiency.


International and New Zealand agribusiness strategy

Massey researchers are working on conceptual and analytical frameworks and tools to analyse the dynamics of commodity systems, value chains, industries and companies. This includes the nature and competitive structure of agribusiness systems internationally and in New Zealand. We are also working on developing strategic thinking and decision making strategies that will improve the performance (resilience) of agribusinesses and the wellbeing of food and fibre consumers. This includes researching responses of agri-food companies and industries to environmental sustainability.


Logistics and supply chain management

Logistics enables citizens throughout the world to enjoy the goods and services produced in different countries effectively and efficiently. Our researchers have expertise in developing sound logistics and supply chain systems to bridge the temporal and spatial gaps associated with mass production and geographically fixed raw materials.


Māori agribusiness

Expertise in contemporary Māori agribusiness. We look for insights into current activities and opportunities for Maori in the agribusiness sector.  In particular the subsectors of horticulture, agriculture, forestry and food innovation are focus areas.


Research projects

Research centres

Centre for Postharvest and Refrigeration Research

The Centre for Postharvest and Refrigeration Research does research and consultancy to provide cost-effective solutions to industry problems. We work on a wide range of fruit, vegetable, cut flower, seafood and aquaculture products.

Centre for Postharvest and Refrigeration Research

Centre of Excellence in Farm Business Management

We are dedicated to research that increases the farm business management capability of academics, farmers and those who serve them. The insights gained from in-depth research of challenges, solutions and available tools enhance the understanding of farm business decisions by government, industry, rural professionals and farmers.

Contact Nicola Shadbolt

Dairy Research Centre

This Centre consists of scientists, technicians and veterinarians with expertise across a broad range of dairy system and dairy animal research projects. We operate a commercial Farm Services Clinic. We also work with some other milk-producing animals including sheep and goats.

Contact Danny Donaghy

Massey Agritech Partnership

The Partnership is focused on working with industry on research and development to provide relevant, leading-edge agricultural and horticultural technology. We have an active postgraduate student programme and provide site-specific consultancy.

Contact Andrew East

New Zealand Centre for Precision Agriculture

New Zealand Centre for Precision Agriculture (NZCPA) creates practical land management solutions through the use of leading-edge precision technology tools. Whether you are an individual farmer or a large corporation or government agency, we offer relevant, leading research and site-specific consultancy to help enhance the economic and environmental performance of your land.


New Zealand Life Cycle Management Centre

The Centre is a collaboration between Massey University, AgResearch, Landcare Research, Plant & Food Research and SCION. It works to build capability in life cycle management (LCM) by providing education, training and research to LCM professionals to meet increasing consumer demand for green metrics on products.

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