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New ag innovation leader sees sector ready to launch

When it comes to innovation and technology in the agrifood sector, Australia is on the edge of immense opportunity despite a global downturn in investment in startups and scale-ups last year. That’s according to the new General Manager of AgriFutures Global Innovation Networks (GIN), Harriet Mellish.

Pictured: General Manager of AgriFutures Australia, Global Innovation Networks (GIN), Harriet Mellish.

The Global Innovation Networks is a new focus area under AgriFutures Australia’s Research and Innovation Strategic Plan 2022-2027.

Its goal is to build producer capability to adopt technology and innovation, while fostering a thriving agrifood tech and innovation ecosystem and positioning Australia as a global leader in the sector.

As she drives this ambitious strategy across the Networks, Ms Mellish doesn’t see the size of the Australian agrifood tech and innovation ecosystem as an impediment to its potential.

“We really have an opportunity to punch above our weight by virtue of our research and development and agricultural landscape,” she said.

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