Accounting for agriculture in regional development Far North Queensland


This project will focus on the contribution of agriculture to regional development and will result in the production of an agricultural development framework to guide policy and practice. Using Far North Queensland agricultural industries and communities as a case study, the framework will provide a basis for examining the potential role of agriculture in contributing to regional development in a range of contexts, and can be used in other regions to engage with agricultural industries and communities in planning for development. While canvassing local issues in the case study, the framework will extract issues of national significance for agriculture and community development.


National Rural Issues

Research Organisation

James Cook University

Objective Summary

1. Develop a framework for quantifying and qualifying the contributions that agriculture makes to regional economies and communities, along with identifying constraints and opportunities that face agriculture; 2. Consider scenarios for how agriculture may develop within a region and the institutional arrangements for facilitating change and development and understanding how to maximize the contribution of agriculture to these economies; and 3. Identify and explore how regional and national trends are manifest in a ‘place based’ context and build strategies to facilitate the development of agriculture for the broader benefit of regions; 4. Engage Federal, State and regional stakeholders and relevant networks that are involved in decision making in respect to agriculture and regional development as part of developing the framework so that the research supports the ongoing development of an agenda for agriculture's contribution to regional development particularly in the pilot region.

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Project Start Date

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Project Completion Date

Friday, December 13, 2013

Journal Articles From Project

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National Priority

Promoting and maintaining good health

National Priority

Adoption of R&D

National Priority

NRI-National Rural Issues


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