Exploratory Research into the Resilience of Farming Systems during Periods of Hardship
AbstractThis paper investigates the management strategies and responses used by New Zealand sheep and beef farmers to ensure resilience during periods of hardship. Using two, farm level surveys conducted in 1986 and 2010, some aspects of resilient farming systems were identified. Despite apparent hardship current farmers seemed more willing to take risks, with many more borrowing to invest in on farm developments than those in 1986. The main similarity between time periods was the greatest response to economic changes being the adoption of a low input policy. This result was quite significant, as conventional farmers are generally believed to resort to other strategies or responses.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by New Zealand Agricultural and Resource Economics Society in its series 2011 Conference, August 25-26, 2011, Nelson, New Zealand with number 115511.
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Resilience; New Zealand; indicators; sustainable agriculture; strategies; Agribusiness; Environmental Economics and Policy; Land Economics/Use; Production Economics;
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