CRDC Annual Report 2020-21


CRDC’s role is to invest in RD&E on behalf of cotton growers and the government, with the outcomes boosting the productivity and profitability of our industry. RD&E, and its resulting innovations, are a key driving force behind the Australian cotton industry’s continued success.

The 2020-21 year marked the third year under the CRDC Strategic RD&E Plan 2018–23. The strategic RD&E investments that CRDC made in 2020-21 under this plan are helping to continue to drive the Australian cotton industry towards a future of innovation, increased commercialisation and digital transformation.

In 2020-21, Australian cotton growers and the Australian Government co-invested $16.9 million through CRDC into cotton RD&E, across 188 projects and in collaboration with 85 research partners. The investments were made in the five key areas identified in the Strategic RD&E Plan: increasing productivity and profitability on Australian cotton farms; improving cotton farming sustainability and value chain competitiveness; building the adaptive capacity of the Australian cotton industry; strengthening partnerships and adoption; and driving RD&E impact.

In this report, we bring you an update on our progress towards our strategic goals – our investments, our innovations, and our intended impacts – three years into our Strategic RD&E Plan 2018–23.

The full report is available to view in two different file formats:

The infographic from the report is also available to download, along with the CRDC Performance Report 2020-21, a companion document to the Annual Report.

A summary of the key achievements from the 2020-21 year, displayed as an infographic. These are available in word format in the word version of the Annual Report, downloadable from this page.

As part of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.0, should you require access to view the CRDC Annual Report 2020-21 in a different file format please contact CRDC.

Previous editions of this publication can be found online at Inside Cotton, CRDC's electronic library.