Co-operatives and other collaborative business arrangements help farmers to own and control more of the food supply chain themselves, delivering greater returns at the farm gate. The Farm Co-operatives and Collaboration Pilot Programme will arm farmers with knowledge and resources on different collaborative arrangements that can work for their business.
Southern Cross University is delivering the pilot programme on behalf of the Australian Government. The Deputy Prime Minister made this announcement on 14 April 2016.
Over the coming months, Southern Cross University will announce a national programme of work, including:
- establishing an online information resource for farmers and farm advisors on best practice collaboration
- making collaboration experts available to farmers so they can test their ideas
- providing funding for farmer groups so they can get their collaboration ideas off the ground
What is collaboration?
Collaboration, including co-operatives, enable farmers to own and control more of the food supply chain themselves—giving them more power when it comes to negotiating with buyers of their produce.
Examples of successful collaborations include:
How do I get more information?
For more information about the Farm Co-operatives and Collaboration Pilot and how you can benefit or get involved visit www.farmingtogether.com.au.
Phone: 1800 00 5555
The Farm Co-operatives and Collaboration Pilot Programme is part of the Australian Government's Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper, the government’s plan for a stronger agricultural sector.