The Red Meat Research Development South Africa (RMRD SA) Planning Committee identified seven programmes during a strategy workshop in 2018. It was anticipated that these programmes will form the basis for future research priorities. Research implies the furtherance, assimilation and improvement of knowledge in the agricultural and related sciences through original and other investigations (surveys) and methods of a scientific nature to the advancement of agriculture. Development refers to activities by which knowledge, acquired through research, is utilised. Technology transfer implies the transfer of knowledge, techniques and processes for the application thereof.
The following important aspects were taken into consideration in designing and documenting the programme contents:
- Cross-cutting information dissemination
- Interdisciplinary research
- Economic impact of return on revenue
- Sustainability with the three pillars, namely environmental, economic, and social integration
Industry experts in the field compiled the programme content, building on the existing RMRD SA research and development plan, which has been in use since 2010.