Low emissions farm systems for the Māori sector

This project aims to improve the capacity of Māori farmers to improve their efficiency and productivity while lowering greenhouse gas emissions.

Two Māori agri-business entities involving dairy, sheep and beef, forestry and horticulture are having their GHG emissions modelled including looking at how these emissions and profitability can be balanced at a business level.

In addition, the project investigates decision-making criteria and issues around introducing new GHG mitigation strategies and analyses any barriers to the uptake of such strategies. 

More information can be found at Reducing greenhouse gas emissions on Māori-owned farms (external website)

Current progress and related stories

Significant reductions in GHG emissions possible

Part of the aim of Māori-focussed research programme is to consider the impact of any changes at a whole enterprise level. Mixing and matching the various scenarios modelled indicates that significant gains in reducing GHG emissions (largely due to land use change) and some improvement in profitability is possible at the whole enterprise level. There is some variation however and no “magic bullet” answer.


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