Accounting for agriculture in place-based frameworks for regional development: discussion paper

Turnour, Jim, McShane, Connar, Thompson, Michelle, Dale, Allan, Prideaux, Bruce, and Atkinson, Margaret (2013) Accounting for agriculture in place-based frameworks for regional development: discussion paper. Report. Cairns Institute, James Cook University, Cairns, QLD, Australia.

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[Extract] The Cairns Institute, James Cook University and the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation have established a project focused on the contribution of agriculture to regional development. Agriculture is important to many regions of Australia contributing directly to regional economies as well as indirectly making social and environmental contributions to regional sustainability. To continue to make this significant contribution agricultural industries have had to adjust to changes in markets, cost structures, government policies and technology as well as environmental risks including drought and natural disasters. How agriculture responds to these changes, however, varies from region to region with some industries remaining static or declining while others have evolved and adapted more readily to change.

It has long been known that regions grow at different rates and this project builds on recent international research (Barca et. al. 2012; OECD, 2006; OECD, 2012) that supports a regional development approach that seeks to maximise the growth potential of all regions in Australia. Understanding how to maximise agriculture's contribution to regional development requires questions to be answered regarding how agriculture fits within a regional development context, what factors underpin agricultures contribution, how agricultural industries evolve and develop in regions, and how to make the most of opportunities for agriculture to benefit regional economies and communities. Understanding the trends and issues that agricultural and related industries face in this regional 'place based' context can better inform regional and national policy by providing insights into how issues play out in a 'place'. These insights may assist to identify and address constraints to industry development, but also opportunities to facilitate agriculture's contribution to regional development. The project will result in the development of an agriculture development framework to guide policy and practice and the Wet Tropics of Far North Queensland (FNQ) has been identified as a pilot region for the project.

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Item Type: Report (Report)
ISBN: 978-0-9873109-8-9
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Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2014 04:43
FoR Codes: 07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0701 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management > 070108 Sustainable Agricultural Development @ 80%
07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0701 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management > 070106 Farm Management, Rural Management and Agribusiness @ 20%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9609 Land and Water Management > 960999 Land and Water Management of Environments not elsewhere classified @ 40%
82 PLANT PRODUCTION AND PLANT PRIMARY PRODUCTS > 8299 Other Plant Production and Plant Primary Products > 829999 Plant Production and Plant Primary Products not elsewhere classified @ 30%
83 ANIMAL PRODUCTION AND ANIMAL PRIMARY PRODUCTS > 8399 Other Animal Production and Animal Primary Products > 839999 Animal Production and Animal Primary Products not elsewhere classified @ 30%
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