Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/2440/93040
Type: Journal article
Title: Virtual discussions to support climate risk decision making on farms
Author: Reardon-Smith, K.
Mushtaq, S.
Farley, H.
Cliffe, N.
Stone, R.
Ostini, J.
Doyle, J.
Martin, N.
Loch, A.
Maraseni, T.
Marcussen, T.
Lindesay, J.
Citation: Journal of Economic and Social Policy, 2015; 17(2):7-1-7-21
Publisher: ePublications@SCU
Issue Date: 2015
ISSN: 2202-4883
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Kate Reardon-Smith, Shahbaz Mushtaq, Helen S. Farley, Neil Cliffe, Roger C. Stone, Jenny Ostini, Joanne Doyle, Neil Martin, Adam Loch, Tek Maraseni, Torben Marcussen, and Janette Lindesay
Abstract: Climate variability represents a significant risk to farming enterprises. Effective extension of climate information may improve climate risk decision making and adaptive management responses to climate variability on farms. This paper briefly reviews current agricultural extension approaches and reports stakeholder responses to new web-based virtual world ‘discussion-support’ tools developed for the Australian sugar cane farming industry. These tools incorporate current climate science and sugar industry better management practices, while leveraging the social-learning aspects of farming, to provide a stimulus for discussion and climate risk decision making. Responses suggest that such virtual world tools may provide effective support for climate risk decision making on Australian sugar cane farms. Increasing capacity to deliver such tools online also suggests potential to engage large numbers of farmers globally.
Keywords: Agricultural extension; climate risk management; discussion support tools; Second Life machinima
Rights: © Authors
RMID: 0030031472
Published version: http://epubs.scu.edu.au/jesp/vol17/iss2/7/
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