Applying a Systems Approach to the Analysis of the Benefits of Conversion to Organic Production

Rahayu, N. H. and Russell, I. W. (2003). Applying a Systems Approach to the Analysis of the Benefits of Conversion to Organic Production. In: Brett Robinson, 1st Australian Farming Systems Conference Proceedings. 1st Australian Farming Systems Conference: Farming Systems in the Future, Toowoomba, (). 7-11 September 2003.

Author Rahayu, N. H.
Russell, I. W.
Title of paper Applying a Systems Approach to the Analysis of the Benefits of Conversion to Organic Production
Conference name 1st Australian Farming Systems Conference: Farming Systems in the Future
Conference location Toowoomba
Conference dates 7-11 September 2003
Proceedings title 1st Australian Farming Systems Conference Proceedings
Place of Publication Toowoomba
Publisher Australian Farming Systems Association (AFSA)
Publication Year 2003
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISBN not found
Editor Brett Robinson
Total pages not found
Collection year 2003
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Although the current level of organic production in industrialised countries amounts to little more than 1-2 percent, it is recognised that one of the major issues shaping agricultural output over the next several decades will be the demand for organic produce (Dixon et al. 2001). In Australia, the issues of healthy food and environmental concern contribute to increasing demand and market volumes for organic produce. However, in Indonesia, using more economical inputs for organic production is a supply-side factor driving organic production. For individual growers and processors, conversion from conventional to organic agriculture is often a challenging step, entailing a thorough revision of established practices and heightened market insecurity. This paper examines the potential for a systems approach to the analysis of the conversion process, to yield insights for household and community decisions. A framework for applying farming systems research to investigate the benefits of organic production in both Australia and Indonesia is discussed. The framework incorporates scope for farmer participation, crucial to the understanding of farming systems; analysis of production; and relationships to resources, technologies, markets, services, policies and institutions in their local cultural context. A systems approach offers the potential to internalise the external effects that may be constraining decisions to convert to organic production, and for the design of decision-making tools to assist households and the community. Systems models can guide policy design and serve as a mechanism for predicting the impact of changes to the policy and market environments. The increasing emphasis of farming systems research on community and environment in recent years is in keeping with the proposed application to organic production, processing and marketing issues. The approach will also facilitate the analysis of critical aspects of the Australian production, marketing and policy environment, and the investigation of these same features in an Indonesian context.
Subjects E1
300903 Sustainable Development
770800 Farmland (incl. Arable Land and Permanent Crop Land)
Q-Index Code E1

 
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