Enhanced risk management and decision-making capability across the sugarcane industry value chain based on seasonal climate forecasts

Everingham, Y.L., Muchow, R.C., Stone, R.C., Inman-Bamber, N.G., Singels, A., and Bezuidenhout, C.N. (2002) Enhanced risk management and decision-making capability across the sugarcane industry value chain based on seasonal climate forecasts. Agricultural Systems, 74. pp. 459-477.

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Abstract

Sugarcane industries worldwide are exposed to uncertainty associated with variable climate. This variability produces impacts across an integrated value chain comprising of the following industry sectors: cane growing, harvesting and transport, milling, and marketing. The purpose of this paper is to advocate a comprehensive systems approach for using seasonal climate forecast systems to improve risk management and decision-making capability across all sugarcane industry sectors. The application of this approach is outlined for decisions relating to yield forecasting, harvest management, and the use of irrigation. Key lessons learnt from this approach include the need for a participative R&D approach with stakeholders and the need to consider the whole industry value chain. Additionally, there is the need for climate forecast systems to target the varying needs of sugarcane industries.

Item ID: 13443
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: climatic risk; participative processes; sugarcane, value chain
ISSN: 1873-2267
Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2010 23:46
FoR Codes: 07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0703 Crop and Pasture Production > 070399 Crop and Pasture Production not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960399 Climate and Climate Change not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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