Food and Resource Issues
Spring (December) 2002
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Freebairn - Professor and Head of the Department of Economics, The
University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria.
are a natural and regular feature of agriculture in Australia and assistance
to farmers to help their businesses cope with the effects of drought is just
another form of subsidy. (This article is published with the permission of
the Australian Financial Review).
the Next Level of Sophistication in Water Markets
Cummins and Charles Thompson - Tim Cummins and Associates,
Rosebank, NSW 2480.
process of water reform is accelerating. The next level of sophistication in
water markets will be motivated by the needs of irrigators to manage risk.
for Feeding the World and for Rural Landscapes
Fischer - Australian Centre for International Research, GPO Box 1571,
Canberra City, ACT 2601
investment in Research and Development in agriculture will ensure that crop
yields will grow sufficiently rapidly for world per capita food consumption
to continue to increase. Increasing food production in the favoured areas of
arable land in the world can be sustainable, and by making it relatively
less attractive to crop the remaining forests, woodlands, uplands and dry
marginal areas, relieves the pressure to develop arable cropping in these
environmentally sensitive areas.
Measures and Performance Indicators in the Agri-business Sector
Cook - Principal Strategy Consultant, Primary Industries and Resources,
are parallels between the analysis of the farm as a business and appraisal
of agricultural and food producing sectors of the Australian economy.
Indicators and measures of farm business and agri-food industry performance
are all designed to cast light on complex farm and industry systems.
Compared with traditional means of measuring industry output, such as
input-output tables and national accounts, a food industry scorecard is a
timely and easily understood data base for users.
Institute of Land and Food Resources
The University of Melbourne
Consultant, Corporate Strategy and Policy,
Primary Industries and Resources South Australia