A Lighter Touch has three research and extension themes, and a programme management theme.
Theme 1: Future Focus – ensuring programme achievements can endure well beyond the end of the programme has been an aim from the outset.
Theme 2: Agroecological Crop Protection – focusses on the mainstream adoption of agroecological crop protection in New Zealand and is at the heart of the programme.
Theme 3: Transition Projects – supports the transition to agroecology by ensuring the availability of newer more targeted crop protection products, and protecting against the development of pest and disease resistance.
Successful long-term transition to agroecological crop protection and the ongoing focus on consumer demands through strategic planning, consumer research, telling New Zealand’s story, and continuous development after the programme ends.