Good quality statistical design and analysis of agricultural research is a prerequisite to meeting the future demands for food and improving the incomes and livelihoods of poor people.

The agricultural research focus in developing countries is changing and is no longer based just on the old commodity and disciplinary boundaries.

Integrated approaches to solving problems and understanding agricultural systems are increasing in importance at all stages of research, with farmers and scientists often becoming research partners.

The future teaching of biometrics and research methods needs to recognise this changing focus in order to ensure that future graduates are equipped with the appropriate tools to meet the challenge.