Make our knowledge your advantage

Knowledge & Networks

Being the world’s leading specialist food and agribusiness bank, we have a deep commitment to research, knowledge and networking that’s a source of competitive advantage for your farm.

Make informed business decisions

Our research and insights division has 90 analysts working across the world, with a team of nine in Australia and New Zealand investigating topics key to the local food and agribusiness industry.

Each analyst has their own specific sector or commodity, covering beef, sheep meat, grains, dairy, sugar, horticulture, cotton, wool and wine. They study trends and developments in the worldwide food chain, to provide insights from both a local and global perspective.

Our analysts spend a lot of time getting out and sharing relevant market, commodity and economic outlooks and potential impacts, both one-on-one in client meetings and through presentations at local events across Australia and industry conferences.

We also organise international analysts to visit regional locations to share their knowledge and expertise. This gives you an easy way to stay ahead of developments in your sector.

Agribusiness Monthly

Our research and insights team prepare monthly commentary on Australia’s and New Zealand’s economic and agricultural conditions. 

As a snapshot of the food and agribusiness sectors, the report includes recent price and market trend data and analysis and offers a range of insights on the most pressing trends and issues within the agriculture market.

Log-in for expert insights

Once you’re a client of ours, you can access our research and get a complete picture of the latest developments in food and agribusiness.

It’s knowledge that can boost your understanding of the dynamic local and global markets. Conducting this research gives us a knowledge-driven approach to banking. By understanding your industry, we make a better strategic partner for your business.

Rural Confidence Survey

Knowledge is a two-way street. We think it’s vital to understand what our farmers are thinking and how they’re responding to current conditions.

Since 2000, we’ve commissioned an independent research organisation to conduct a Rural Confidence Survey, interviewing an average of 450 farmers across New Zealand every 3 months. Monitoring outlook and general sentiment in major agricultural industries.

Connect locally and globally

We have millions of progressive food and agri clients across the globe who are facing similar opportunities and challenges. We can connect you across our expansive local and international network that spans the entire supply chain. Whether you’re looking to expand into a new export market, diversify your operation or invest in new technology, speak to your rural manager to tap into our contacts.

To facilitate knowledge sharing and to bring leading farmers and the next generation of farmers together to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing agriculturalists, Rabobank has established the Global Farmers Master Class and Young Farmers Master Class.

The Master Classes combine experiential learning through study tours with interactive conference sessions – and deep dive into the agricultural industry, food production, food processing and distribution - investigating the topics of sustainability, science and technology, social media, IT, supply chains and succession.

What Masterclass participants have said

"We stayed on a farm in the Netherlands and I got to experience the community in their rural areas. We spent a week travelling around and looking at different technology, seeing trends, issues and opportunities facing agriculture. I’ve been a sceptic of technology though saw a lot of good stuff that could really help us. It also reaffirmed that grass fed cows are the way to go. It was an invaluable experience"

William Graying - Dairy Farmer





"I learnt that many Dutch farmers produce their own solar and wind power, making them energy neutral. Every process where energy is used is used somewhere else so nothing is wasted. The Western world wastes about 35 to 40 percent of the world’s foods and improving that ratio would go a long way to feeding the extra mouths forecast for 2040. The future is looking bright for agriculture and I am sharing the master class information with discussion groups, but you have to love what you’re doing and be absolute passionate about it."

Richard Laugesen
Waihopai Valley, Marlborough


"The master class made me realise the importance of keeping pace with technology and the need to keep an open mind to take advantage of opportunities. My wife has noticed a change in me and said before I was defined by the here and now. The event has encouraged us to set a few more goals. Sometimes you’re so involved in the day-to-day business or running a farm and you forget to step back and look at the big picture. While our primary business is dairy farming, my wife and I were now asking ourselves what other opportunities are available."

Jacques Le Prou
Manaia, South Taranaki District