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Improving soil health, agricultural productivity and food security on atolls

Project Leader
Mr Siosiua Halavatau
Email
siosiuah@spc.int
Fax
679 3370021
Phone
679 3370733 ext 35294
Project Country
Inactive project countries
Project ID: 
SMCN/2014/089
Start Date
01/10/2015
Project Coordinator Fax
Reference Number
ML-201509-32993
Project Type
Bilateral
Project Status
Active
Finish Date
30/04/2019
Commissioned Organisation: 
Secretariat of the Pacific Community, Fiji
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Project Coordinator Email
Commissioned Organisation
Secretariat of the Pacific Community, Fiji
Overview Collaborators
  • University of Adelaide, Australia
  • Ministry of Environment, Lands & Agriculture Development, Kiribati
  • Department of Agriculture, Tuvalu
  • University of Tasmania, Australia
ACIAR Research Program Manager
Dr Robert Edis
Collaborating Institutions
University of Adelaide, Australia
Ministry of Environment, Lands & Agriculture Development, Kiribati
Department of Agriculture, Tuvalu
University of Tasmania, Australia
Overview Objectives

Diets in Kiribati and Tuvalu have traditionally been based on fish and other marine animals and heavy on starch (giant swamp taro and breadfruit), with some fruits but few vegetables. Agricultural production in both countries is restricted by lack of seeds, water shortages and salinity, poor soils, and lack of tools and knowledge of farming practices, and limited guidance from extension services. As a result of limited agricultural production, Kiribati and Tuvalu consume more than they produce.

The research proposed is associated with three ACIAR projects; Leafy vegetable scoping study PC/2010/063 in Samoa, Solomon Islands; the Soil Health project SMCN/2009/003 based in Fiji, Samoa and Kiribati; and the scoping study SMCN/2014/021 “Evaluation of opportunities to enhance food and nutritional security in Kiribati and Tuvalu” which recommended suitable food crops for atolls and a strategy for this project.

This project contributes to the development goal of improving the food and nutritional security of communities living on atoll islands in the Pacific. The project also contributes to the three main research priority themes for the region (ACIAR AOP 2014-15): food and nutritional security; agriculture, fisheries and forestry resource management and development; and agriculture, fisheries and forestry value chains. The specific aim of the project is to improve the livelihoods of the people of coral atolls, Kiribati and Tuvalu in particular, through increased and diversified agricultural production.

Project Budget
$1,030,589.00
Grant Report Value
$1133648
Grant Report Recipient
Secretariat of the Pacific Community
Grant Report Recipient Post Code
Grant Report Finish Date
30/04/2019

Enhancing private sector-led development of the Canarium nut industry in Papua New Guinea

Project Leader
Professor Helen Wallace
Email
hwallace@usc.edu.au
Fax
07 5430 2881
Phone
07 5430 1228
Project Country
Inactive project countries
Project Coordinator Phone
0419 496 579
02 6217 0549
Project ID: 
FST/2014/099
Start Date
25/06/2015
Project Coordinator Fax
02 6217 0501
Reference Number
SB-201212-38261
Project Type
Bilateral
Project Status
Active
Finish Date
30/06/2018
Commissioned Organisation: 
University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia
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Project Coordinator Email
bartlett@aciar.gov.au
Commissioned Organisation
University of the Sunshine Coast, Faculty of Science, Health and Education, Australia
Overview Collaborators
  • University of Adelaide, Australia
  • National Agricultural Research Institute, Papua New Guinea
ACIAR Research Program Manager
Mr Tony Bartlett
Collaborating Institutions
University of Adelaide, Australia
National Agricultural Research Institute, Papua New Guinea
Program Areas
Overview Objectives

FST/2014/099: Enhancing private sector-led development of the Canarium nut industry in Papua New Guinea

Nuts have huge potential to improve the livelihood of the rural poor in developing countries and meet the Millennium Development Goal to eradicate poverty and hunger. Nuts have excellent nutritional value, can be stored for long periods and can be sold for cash, processed and exported to distant markets. Canarium indicum is an agroforestry tree in Eastern Indonesia and the Pacific that produces edible nuts and has been the focus of efforts by donor agencies to commercialize the industry in PNG and the Pacific.
This project seeks to expand markets and processing of canarium nuts in East New Britain, by strengthening private sector capacity and engagement using nuts from existing trees. Women conduct the majority of canarium nut growing and trading activities, including: nut cultivation, harvesting, processing and selling.
The project will take a whole of value-chain approach, and offer a range of interventions such as market research, technical advice, capacity building, business mentoring and access to infrastructure for both private and public sector stakeholders. The private sector will be targeted at 3 different scales: smallholder and small scale entrepreneurs, SMEs, and large scale processors. This in one of 5 projects in the TADEP program which aims to foster private sector led development in agriculture, increase agricultural productive capacity and improve access to markets for farmers in Papua New Guinea and Bougainville, particularly women farmers.

Project Budget
$3,519,080.00
Grant Report Value
$3870988
Grant Report Recipient
University of the Sunshine Coast
Grant Report Recipient Post Code
4558
Grant Report Finish Date
30/06/2018
Grant Report Start Date
16/06/2015

Developing a sustainable business model for upscaling the Agribusiness master class

Project Leader
Dr Suzie Newman
Email
suzie.newman@adelaide.edu.au
Fax
Phone
Mob: +61 421 910761
Project Country
Inactive project countries
Project ID: 
AGB/2015/030
Australian Partner
Start Date
20/06/2015
Project Coordinator Fax
02 6217 0501
Reference Number
RW-202805-32736
Project Type
Other
Project Status
Active
Finish Date
30/06/2016
Extension Start Date
01/07/2016
Commissioned Organisation: 
University of Adelaide, Australia
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Project Coordinator Email
rodd.tyer@aciar.gov.au
Commissioned Organisation
University of Adelaide, Global Food Studies, Australia
Extension Finish Date
31/05/2017
Overview Collaborators
  • University of Adelaide, Australia
  • Centre for Rural Economy Development, Burma
ACIAR Research Program Manager
Dr Rodd Dyer
Collaborating Institutions
University of Adelaide, Australia
Centre for Rural Economy Development, Burma
Program Areas
Project Budget
$101,750.00
Grant Report Value
$111925
Grant Report Recipient
University of Adelaide
Grant Report Recipient Post Code
5001
Grant Report Finish Date
31/05/2017
Grant Report Start Date
11/06/2015

A strategic approach to pro-poor consumer research in the Mekong region - extended analyses

Project Leader
Dr Wendy Umberger
Email
wendy.umberger@adelaide.edu.au
Fax
08 8303 7109
Phone
08 8313 6765
Project Country
Inactive project countries
Project ID: 
AGB/2015/029
Australian Partner
Start Date
09/06/2015
Project Coordinator Fax
02 6217 0501
Reference Number
RW-202605-31713
Project Type
Other
Project Status
Active
Finish Date
15/06/2016
Extension Start Date
16/06/2016
Commissioned Organisation: 
University of Adelaide, Australia
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Project Coordinator Email
rodd.tyer@aciar.gov.au
Commissioned Organisation
University of Adelaide, Faculty of the Professions, Australia
Extension Finish Date
31/12/2016
Overview Collaborators
    ACIAR Research Program Manager
    Dr Rodd Dyer
    Program Areas
    Project Budget
    $100,690.00
    Grant Report Value
    $110759
    Grant Report Recipient
    University of Adelaide
    Grant Report Recipient Post Code
    5005
    Grant Report Finish Date
    31/12/2016

    Improving returns from community teak plantings in Solomon Islands

    Project Leader
    Dr Tim Blumfield
    Email
    t.blumfield@griffith.edu.au
    Fax
    Phone
    07 3735 6709
    Project Country
    Inactive project countries
    Project Coordinator Phone
    0419 496 579
    02 6217 0549
    Project ID: 
    FST/2014/066
    Start Date
    01/07/2015
    Project Coordinator Fax
    02 6217 0501
    Reference Number
    SB-200707-61568
    Project Type
    Bilateral
    Project Status
    Active
    Finish Date
    30/06/2019
    Commissioned Organisation: 
    Griffith University, Australia
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    Project Coordinator Email
    bartlett@aciar.gov.au
    Commissioned Organisation
    Griffith University, Enrionmental Futures Centre, Australia
    Overview Collaborators
    • Queensland Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Australia
    • University of Adelaide, Australia
    • SPE Consulting, Solomon Islands
    • Solomon Islands Government, Ministry of Forestry, Solomon Islands
    • Southern Cross University, Australia
    ACIAR Research Program Manager
    Mr Tony Bartlett
    Collaborating Institutions
    Queensland Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Australia
    University of Adelaide, Australia
    SPE Consulting, Solomon Islands
    Solomon Islands Government, Ministry of Forestry, Solomon Islands
    Southern Cross University, Australia
    Program Areas
    Overview Objectives

    FST/2014/066: Improving returns from community teak plantings in Solomon Islands

    A recent inventory by the Ministry of Forestry has estimated that there are currently (2014) 15,000 ha of plantations owned by 21,000 separate groups or individual growers in the Solomon Islands. Many of these were planted in the period 1995 -2000 and now these plantations are in need of either thinning or clear-felling. While the quality of the timber is good, the poor form of many trees is such that most cannot be sold commercially as round logs, which are also difficult to transport to the nearest port. In Cape York Peninsula, where sandalwood occurs naturally, there are often limited options for commercial development, but initial research under FST/2008/010 showed that forestry provides one of the few promising opportunities.
    The project aims to develop a practical model suited to Small Island States that enables existing small scale teak plantations to be utilised and provides growers with good returns. This will be achieved by developing strategies that will allow growers to maximise the volume of timber that can be obtained from their plantations.
    Turning moribund plantations into economic opportunities will assist communities to realise there are opportunities for sustainable income from plantations. Women in particular may benefit from developing secondary drying as a business opportunity. The environmental benefits will be realised through an increase in the area of degraded secondary forest which is brought back into productive forest management to provide timber for local processing and sale in the future.

    Project Budget
    $1,199,998.00
    Grant Report Value
    $1319998
    Grant Report Recipient
    Griffith University
    Grant Report Recipient Post Code
    4111
    Grant Report Finish Date
    30/06/2019
    Grant Report Start Date
    17/05/2015

    Enhancing value added products and environmental benefits from agroforestry systems in Papua New Guinea and the Pacific

    Project Leader
    Professor Helen Wallace
    Email
    hwallace@usc.edu.au
    Fax
    07 5430 2881
    Phone
    07 5430 1228
    Inactive project countries
    Project Coordinator Phone
    0419 496 579
    02 6217 0549
    Project ID: 
    FST/2014/067
    Start Date
    01/10/2015
    Project Coordinator Fax
    02 6217 0501
    Reference Number
    SB-200807-40844
    Project Type
    Bilateral
    Project Status
    Active
    Finish Date
    31/07/2019
    Commissioned Organisation: 
    University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia
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    Project Coordinator Email
    bartlett@aciar.gov.au
    Commissioned Organisation
    University of the Sunshine Coast, Faculty of Science, Health and Education, Australia
    Overview Collaborators
    • University of Adelaide, Australia
    • Southern Cross University, Australia
    • Southern Cross University, Australia
    • Ministry of Trade, Commerce, Industry and Tourism, Vanuatu
    • National Agricultural Research Institute, Papua New Guinea
    • Secretariat of the Pacific Community, Fiji
    • Ministry of Commerce, Industry, Labour and Immigration, Solomon Islands
    ACIAR Research Program Manager
    Mr Tony Bartlett
    Collaborating Institutions
    University of Adelaide, Australia
    Southern Cross University, Australia
    Ministry of Trade, Commerce, Industry and Tourism, Vanuatu
    National Agricultural Research Institute, Papua New Guinea
    Secretariat of the Pacific Community, Fiji
    Ministry of Commerce, Industry, Labour and Immigration, Solomon Islands
    Program Areas
    Overview Objectives

    Approximately 80% of people in PNG and the Pacific Islands live in rural areas and earn their livelihoods from agriculture, fishing and forestry. More than 90 % of rural people are semi-subsistence smallholder farmers and women are often primarily responsible for farming activities. Rural farmers generally have limited markets for their produce, and little access to distant markets. Processing and value-adding can enhance market access, especially if products can be processed locally and transported to distant markets or central distributors.

    Agroforestry tree species are widely grown in the Pacific Islands and provide multiple products such as food, timber and a vast array of NWFPs as well as ecosystem services including soil protection, enhanced biodiversity and climate change adaptation and mitigation. There is great potential to value-add to primary products from agroforestry crops in Pacific countries. Industries based on value-added product can also create employment and enhance business opportunities for small- to- medium enterprises. However, a market- driven approach is needed to identify the best opportunities for value-added products from agroforestry crops.

    This project will explore opportunities for new value-added agroforestry products to improve livelihoods in PNG, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands. This research will identify the best opportunities for value-adding, and research value-adding techniques for these products.

    Project Budget
    $2,416,941.00
    Grant Report Value
    $2658635
    Grant Report Recipient
    University of the Sunshine Coast
    Grant Report Recipient Post Code
    4558
    Grant Report Finish Date
    31/07/2019
    Grant Report Start Date
    08/09/2015

    Improving smallholder incomes in the north-western highlands of Vietnam by increasing access and competitiveness in regional temperate and subtropical fruit markets

    Project Leader
    Mr Oleg Nicetic
    Email
    o.nicetic1@uq.edu.au
    Fax
    Phone
    +61 2 4708 0895
    Project Country
    Inactive project countries
    Project ID: 
    AGB/2012/060
    Start Date
    01/07/2014
    Project Coordinator Fax
    02 6217 0501
    Reference Number
    TA-200208-88378
    Project Type
    Bilateral
    Project Status
    Active
    Finish Date
    30/06/2018
    Commissioned Organisation: 
    University of Queensland, Australia
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    Project Coordinator Email
    rodd.tyer@aciar.gov.au
    Commissioned Organisation
    University of Queensland, School of Journalism and Communication, Australia
    Overview Collaborators
    • University of Adelaide, Australia
    • Fruit and Vegetable Research Institute, Vietnam
    • Hanoi Agricultural University, Vietnam
    • Plant Protection Research Institute, Vietnam
    • Center for Agrarian Systems Research and Development, Vietnam
    • Plant Protection sub-Department Lao Cai, Vietnam
    • Northern Mountainous Agriculture and Forestry Science Institute, Vietnam
    ACIAR Research Program Manager
    Dr Rodd Dyer
    Collaborating Institutions
    University of Adelaide, Australia
    Fruit and Vegetable Research Institute, Vietnam
    Hanoi Agricultural University, Vietnam
    Plant Protection Research Institute, Vietnam
    Center for Agrarian Systems Research and Development, Vietnam
    Plant Protection sub-Department Lao Cai, Vietnam
    Northern Mountainous Agriculture and Forestry Science Institute, Vietnam
    Program Areas
    Overview Objectives

    The North West is the poorest region in Vietnam, with Lai Chau, Son La and Lao Cai provinces ranking 1st, 3rd and 4th in terms of poverty rates. The Vietnamese Government invested considerable effort and resources, especially during the 1990s in the development of temperate fruit production in the NW highlands. Government investment in the new plantings was well supported by local People’s Committees, leading to a significant expansion of production areas of Tam Hoa plum, which peaked in the early 2000s. These have since contracted due to falling prices following a major increase in the supply of Tam Hoa plum and increased availability of other competing fruits from Vietnam and countries such as China in urban markets.
    This project aims to evaluate consumer and market dynamics, support government-led planning, coordination and development, overcome barriers to adoption of improved varieties and cultivation techniques and develop competitive consumer-driven value chain and marketing models for engagement with more profitable markets.
    This project has been designed in close cooperation with the ACIAR project AGB/2012/059 “Towards more profitable and sustainable vegetable farming systems in north-western Vietnam” and will address recommendations from the review of ACIAR projects AGB/2002/086 -Improving postharvest quality of temperate fruits in Vietnam and Australia.

    Project Budget
    $1,399,959.00
    Grant Report Value
    $1539955
    Grant Report Recipient
    University of Queensland
    Grant Report Recipient Post Code
    3072
    Grant Report Finish Date
    30/06/2018
    Grant Report Start Date
    25/06/2014

    High quality markets and value chains for small-scale and emerging beef cattle farmers in South Africa

    Project Leader
    Dr Garry Griffith
    Email
    ggriffit@une.edu.au
    Fax
    02 6773 3596
    Phone
    02 6773 4085
    Project Country
    Inactive project countries
    Project ID: 
    LPS/2005/128
    Start Date
    02/02/2015
    Project Coordinator Fax
    Reference Number
    CH-202311-53389
    Project Type
    Bilateral
    Project Status
    Active
    Finish Date
    10/03/2016
    Extension Start Date
    11/03/2016
    Commissioned Organisation: 
    University of New England, Australia
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    Project Coordinator Email
    Commissioned Organisation
    University of New England, Australia
    Extension Finish Date
    31/12/2017
    Overview Collaborators
    • University of Adelaide, Australia
    • Agricultural Research Council, South Africa
    • National Agricultural Marketing Council, South Africa
    • Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, South Africa
    ACIAR Research Program Manager
    Dr Peter Horne
    Collaborating Institutions
    University of Adelaide, Australia
    Agricultural Research Council, South Africa
    National Agricultural Marketing Council, South Africa
    Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, South Africa
    Overview Objectives

    Beef production is an important farming practice in the Republic of South Africa. Cattle from poor rural communities comprise about 40% of the national herd but are relatively unproductive and non-profitable, contributing only 5% to South Africa’s gross domestic product from beef. The beef market is currently dominated by grain-fed beef supplied from commercial feedlots. However, many emerging and smallholder farmers prefer to keep pasture-fed, older animals, and these deliver lower market prices. A study conducted during the design of this project demonstrated that there is niche consumer demand for the kind of meat produced by these farmers. This project will investigate whether a high-value beef product/s can be developed from these animals to meet consumers’ needs, which is cost-effective for all players in the value chain to produce and deliver. Building on previous ACIAR work with cattle farmer networks (Beef Profit Partnerships), it will develop and deliver tools to enable farmers to better understand consumer and market preferences, and to make more effective business decisions. The research will contribute to better cattle production by emerging and smallholder farmers, improved incomes for rural communities, and a greater supply of local meat for South Africa’s consumers.

    Project Budget
    $1,337,261.00
    Grant Report Value
    $1470987
    Grant Report Recipient
    University of New England
    Grant Report Recipient Post Code
    2351
    Grant Report Finish Date
    31/12/2017

    Improving market integration for high value fruit and vegetable production systems in Indonesia

    Project Leader
    Professor Randy Stringer
    Email
    randy.stringer@adelaide.edu.au
    Fax
    08 8313 7109
    Phone
    08 8313 7123
    Project Country
    Inactive project countries
    Project ID: 
    AGB/2009/060
    Australian Partner
    Start Date
    01/12/2013
    Project Coordinator Fax
    02 6217 0501
    Reference Number
    TA-201910-35326
    Project Type
    Bilateral
    Project Status
    Active
    Finish Date
    31/08/2018
    Commissioned Organisation: 
    University of Adelaide, Australia
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    Project Coordinator Email
    rodd.tyer@aciar.gov.au
    Commissioned Organisation
    University of Adelaide, School of Agriculture, Food and Wine, Australia
    Overview Collaborators
    • Bogor Agricultural University, Indonesia
    • Indonesian Centre for Horticulture Research and Development, Indonesia
    ACIAR Research Program Manager
    Dr Rodd Dyer
    Collaborating Institutions
    Bogor Agricultural University, Indonesia
    Indonesian Centre for Horticulture Research and Development, Indonesia
    Program Areas
    Overview Objectives

    The reasons why so few Indonesian smallholder farmers are able to move up the value ladder into more competitive, profitable markets are not well documented. Policymakers lack knowledge of successes from promoting small farm participation in Indonesia’s modern horticultural chains. This project aims to promote the growth and development of Indonesia’s fresh fruit and vegetable value chains, focusing on ways that smallholders and rural communities can participate and benefit more fully. The project will formulate lessons learned from past research; determine factors influencing success of farmer and trader links to modern markets; strengthen engagement between industry, government and researchers; and build capacity of researchers and policymakers. The research will collect data on producers, traders, and food retailers using literature reviews, surveys with key stakeholders and case studies. Expected impacts include higher returns to Indonesian smallholders, improved productivity and quality products, and more efficient and competitive domestic fruit and vegetable value chains.

    Project Budget
    $1,359,552.00
    Grant Report Value
    $1495507
    Grant Report Recipient
    University of Adelaide
    Grant Report Recipient Post Code
    5064
    Grant Report Finish Date
    31/08/2018
    Grant Report Start Date
    16/12/2013

    Assessing farmer responses to climate change - adjustment policy options

    Project Leader
    Professor Christopher Findlay
    Email
    christopher.findlay@adelaide.edu.au
    Fax
    +61 8 8223 1460
    Phone
    +61 8 8303 3986
    Project Country
    Inactive project countries
    Project ID: 
    ADP/2011/039
    Australian Partner
    Start Date
    01/07/2014
    Project Coordinator Fax
    Reference Number
    JW-201210-61650
    Project Type
    Bilateral
    Project Status
    Active
    Finish Date
    30/06/2016
    Extension Start Date
    01/07/2016
    Commissioned Organisation: 
    University of Adelaide, Australia
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    Project Coordinator Email
    Commissioned Organisation
    University of Adelaide, Faculty of the Professions, Australia
    Extension Finish Date
    31/12/2016
    Overview Collaborators
    • Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy, China
    • Institute of Policy and Strategy for Agriculture and Rural Development, Vietnam
    • Peking University, China
    ACIAR Research Program Manager
    Dr Ejaz Qureshi
    Progress Reports (Year 1, 2, 3 etc)

    The purpose of the project is to design policy to mitigate the cost of adjustment by farmers to climate change in China and Vietnam and thereby to increase their livelihood. The project will also
    identify those farmers at risk from climate change by using farm level survey data to assess the forms and costs of response to climate change by different types of farmers
    develop the capacity to model the consequences through market processes for prices and outputs and therefore incomes of climate change and farmer responses to climate change
    use that modelling capability alongside an assessment framework to assess the effects of policy options and to identify and promote the adoption of priority policy responses to assist farmer adaptation and adjustment to climate change
    The key output is therefore the analysis and adoption of policy options in response to climate change in order to raise farmer welfare.
    The project builds on a first stage organised under an SRA in 2012, which included a first round of the collection of household survey data. Another set of data has now been collected in a second survey in both China and Vietnam. These data have been cleaned and significant papers have been written by both groups of researchers. There are important policy implications already evident including with respect to the importance of property rights, the impact of investment choices, water management and information systems.
    Further analysis of the data and then modelling work will be undertaken in the final year of the project.
    Communication systems with policy makers have been established, including advisory boards in both economics.
    There are plans in place for reporting in academic networks including international conferences, planning and research meetings in Singapore and Guangzhou have been held and others are planned.

    Collaborating Institutions
    Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy, Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy, China
    Institute of Policy and Strategy for Agriculture and Rural Development, Centre of Agricultural Policy, Vietnam
    Peking University, School of Advanced Agricultural Sciences, China
    Overview Objectives

    Millions of farmers in East and Southeast Asia must decide how to respond to climate change. They risk poverty by not responding but if they decide to act then their choices may be distorted by market failures and lack of information. Many climate related studies have identified the likelihood of significant effects on productivity, outputs and therefore prices of agricultural products as a result of climate change. The aim of this work is to design policy to mitigate the cost of adjustment by farmers to climate change and thereby to increase their livelihood. The project will focus on the rice sector. The objectives are to identify those farmers at risk from climate, to develop the capacity to model the consequences through market processes for prices and outputs and therefore incomes of climate change and farmer responses to climate change and to use that modelling capability alongside an assessment framework. This project follows on from earlier work assessing farmer responses to climate change adjustment policy options in China and Vietnam (ADP/2010/070) and a top down assessment of issues associated with climate change and regional agricultural commodity flows (ADP/2009/002).

    Project Budget
    $816,800.00
    Grant Report Value
    $898480
    Grant Report Recipient
    University of Adelaide
    Grant Report Recipient Post Code
    5005
    Grant Report Finish Date
    31/12/2016
    Grant Report Start Date
    16/04/2014

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