Risk management tools for dryland farmers in southwest Queensland: An action research approach

Nguyen, N. C., Wegener, M. K. and Russell, I. W. (2006). Risk management tools for dryland farmers in southwest Queensland: An action research approach. In: R J. Petheram and R.Johnston, Proceedings of APEN 2006 International Conference. Practice change for sustainable communities: Exploring footprints, pathways and possibilities, Beechworth, Victoria, Australia, (1-13). 3rd-6 March, 2006.


Author Nguyen, N. C.
Wegener, M. K.
Russell, I. W.
Title of paper Risk management tools for dryland farmers in southwest Queensland: An action research approach
Conference name Practice change for sustainable communities: Exploring footprints, pathways and possibilities
Conference location Beechworth, Victoria, Australia
Conference dates 3rd-6 March, 2006
Proceedings title Proceedings of APEN 2006 International Conference
Place of Publication Gosford NSW
Publisher The Regional Institute Ltd
Publication Year 2006
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISBN 1 920842 31 4
Editor R J. Petheram
R.Johnston
Issue Paper # 2927
Start page 1
End page 13
Total pages 13
Language eng
Abstract/Summary 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
Subjects E1
300200 Crop and Pasture Production
350202 Business Information Systems (incl. Data Processing)
0899 Other Information and Computing Sciences
Keyword Risk
decision support systems
extension methods
Queensland dryland farmers
drought
farming
Q-Index Code E1

 
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