Australia's agricultural future: the social and political context

Lockie, Stewart (2015) Australia's agricultural future: the social and political context. External Commissioned Report. Australian Council of Learned Academies, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.

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[Extract] Agriculture has long been central to narratives about Australian identity and prosperity; the wellbeing of farmers seen as crucial to the wellbeing of all. Paradoxically, agriculture has also long been subject fears of social and economic crises undermining the ability of farmers to maintain productivity growth and to care for rural environments and communities. As we face the challenges of the 21st Century we must ask what we expect of agriculture and how we will support Australian farmers to deliver on these expectations.

This report examines: • Social and economic stressors in the Australian farm sector with the potential to undermine human capital and, in turn, agricultural productivity. • The politics of food and agriculture both within, and outside, the formal political sphere. This involves consideration of both national and global politics, on the one hand, and of the micropolitics of consumption and the vertical coordination of agricultural value chains, on the other. • Possible futures and the infrastructure, technology, farm business models and governance systems required to envision and realize positive futures.

Item ID: 39973
Item Type: Report (External Commissioned Report)
Keywords: agriculture; economic stressors; social stressors; farmers; wellbeing
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Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2016 03:38
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160801 Applied Sociology, Program Evaluation and Social Impact Assessment @ 60%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160802 Environmental Sociology @ 40%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960504 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Environments @ 20%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9606 Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation > 960601 Economic Incentives for Environmental Protection @ 40%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9607 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards > 960704 Land Stewardship @ 40%
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