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Hort Innovation The company

The company

Learn more about Hort Innovation's values and mission to create value for growers and those across the horticulture supply chain

Who is Hort Innovation, in a nutshell?

As the grower-owned, not-for-profit research and development corporation for Australia's horticulture industry, Hort Innovation’s primary function is creating value for horticulture growers and those across the horticulture supply chain.

Each year, we invest more than $100 million in R&D, marketing and trade programs on behalf of industry.

Through these investments, we are working to improve the productivity, farm gate profitability and global competitiveness of specific industries, and Australian horticulture as a whole. You can learn more about our investment activities here.

While the investment decisions we make are deliberate, considered and evidence-based, innovation sits at the heart of what we do to make big gains.

The Hort Innovation Strategy 2019-2023
The strong new way forward is here

Where does the funding come from?

Hort Innovation's investments are funded by grower levies and Australian Government contributions, as well other industry contributions and co-investment, which is the key funding stream for our Hort Frontiers strategic partnership initiative.

Hort Innovation is owned by growers, and the investments made are on behalf of growers' levy industries.

How are investment decisions made?

Investment decisions are prioritised by the current needs highlighted by each horticulture levy industry. 

To gain the necessary insight from industry, Hort Innovation undertakes widespread consultation with growers, including through industry-specific Strategic Investment Advisory Panels, which are made up of panelists representing each levy industry, and through other consultation panels and events. Learn more here.

Priorities for industry-specific investments can be found in each industry’s Strategic Investment Plan, available from our individual grower pages.

Hort Innovation oversees and manages projects with delivery partners who have proven experience and the capability to meet our required outcomes.

The Hort Innovation Strategy 2019-2023

The strategy lays out the organisation’s focus, goals and key activities for the next four years, all of which are closely aligned to the industry’s needs, now and into the future.

The strategy was developed with vital input from growers and other horticulture participants – which we sought through consultation workshops in 20 locations across regional Australia, and via an online feedback mechanism. All up, more than 350 participants contributed to the thinking behind the strategy.

View the Hort Innovation Strategy 2019-2023

Our purpose

Hort Innovation exists to drive a prosperous and healthy Australia, by providing the best knowledge and solutions to create a world-class horticulture sector.

Our goal

Hort Innovation is committed to sustainable growth in horticulture, with the overarching aim of increasing the sector’s value to $20 billion by 2030.

More about Rural Research and Development Corporations

Hort Innovation is one of the nation’s 15 Rural Research and Development Corporations (RDCs). Together, these RDCs form a network that supports primary producers through effective research, development and extension, delivering substantial benefit at the traditional farm gate, and across the economy and society equally.

For more than two decades, the success of the agricultural and rural sectors has been supported by the work of the RDCs.

Strategic, targeted and regionally relevant research and development delivers real benefits.

For more information on the RDCs, go to the Rural R&D Corporations website.