What is the IFPA Fresh Produce Research Center?
Solutions to challenges facing the fresh produce industry have to be based on solid scientific data. Government investment in industry-relevant research on climate change adaptation, sustainability solutions, nutrition, genetics and crop production continues to be a small fraction of what is allocated to support biomedical and other industries in most developed countries. Guided by an Advisory Committee, The Fresh Produce Research Center will be the clearing house for identifying research needs, catalyzing connections among researchers and the industry, advocating and following through with the global research enterprise.
What is the purpose of the Fresh Produce Research Center?
The Fresh Produce Research Center will connect academia with industry to ensure federal agencies prioritize investment in fresh produce research to successfully leverage research needs of the global fresh produce industry. The Fresh Produce Research Center will not fund individual projects, nor will it fund-raise.
What are the Benefits to Participants in the IFPA Fresh Produce Research Center?
Researchers associated with The Fresh Produce Research Center will benefit from the industry feedback and connections. Advisory Committee members will have an opportunity to guide research relevant to the industry and have preferential consideration to work directly with the researchers as pilot and trial participants.
What are the Benefits to IFPA and Membership?
The cost of R&D, and especially the cost research is expensive. IFPA's Fresh Produce Research Center will work to help
- minimize the financial burden through identifying grants and fundamental applied research with immediate and anticipated benefits to the fresh produce industry
- provide research briefs and digests, tools and guides to make the research more consumable.
We’ve already begun down this path, with USDA-funded projects currently underway at member and partner organizations due to our leadership on the Food and Ag Climate Alliance.