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Type: Conference paper
Title: Risk management tools for dryland farmers in southwest Queensland: an action research approach
Author: Nguyen, N.
Wegener, M.
Russell, I.
Citation: Proceedings of the Australasia Pacific Extension Network International Conference, 3-6 March 2006, Beechworth, Victoria, Australia / R John Petheram and Roger Johnston (eds.)
Publisher: Regional Institute
Issue Date: 2006
ISBN: 1920842314
Conference Name: Australasia Pacific Extension Network International Conference (2006 : Beechworth, Victoria)
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Nam Nguyen, Malcolm Wegener, Iean Russell
Abstract: Australian farmers operate in one of the most risky environments in the world. They have to cope with many sources of risk in their farming businesses but weather variability is one of the most important sources of risk for these farmers. There has been little prior work reported that examines the sources of risk, the practical risk management strategies employed by Queensland dryland farmers, or their attitudes towards risk management. The potential for dryland farmers to manage the various risks affecting their farm management decisions is being assessed and we expect to formulate a plan of action to improve risk management capability among dryland farmers in southwest Queensland. Once sources of risk, current strategies, interests and attitudes of farmers towards risk management are understood, a program to improve risk management among dryland farmers in southwest Queensland will be developed in collaboration with the GRDC-funded Western Farming Systems project. The study employs an action research approach including a literature review, preliminary interviews, focus group discussions, an expert survey, training workshops, and evaluation surveys. The paper will document the background to the study, state the study’s objectives, and report on the work completed to date. Three key learnings: (1) Soil moisture management and crop choice were the most serious issues concerning dryland farmers in dealing with risks. (2) A training workshop using decision support tools has improved the farmers’ ability to manage soil moisture and make planting decisions. (3) It appears that a simple decision support tool that can aid planting decisions would be a useful aid for dryland farmers
Keywords: Risk; decision support systems; extension methods; Queensland dryland farmers
Rights: Copyright status unknown
RMID: 0030000637
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