This study has two components: 1) developing a conceptual framework that may be used to analyse the relationships between agricultural productivity, farm business innovation and R&D expenditure in rural Australia; and 2) Describing the patterns of farm business innovation activities based on the data collected in the 200809 AAGIS survey.
National Rural Issues
Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences
The main objective of this study is to develop a framework to analyse the pattern of innovation activities in the Australian broadacre cropping and livestock industries and examine its relationship with farm productivity and R&D investment. The potential implications for R&D investment in Australia’s agricultural sector will be examined. It is intended that the framework that is developed will be able to be used to assess the outcomes of R&D investment and assist policy makers and industry bodies to further lift the long term productivity growth in the sector, through improved R&D investment strategies. An intermediate objective of the study is to examine the patterns of the Australian farms’ business innovation activities, based on the data from ABARE’s Australian Agricultural and Grazing Industry Survey (AAGIS), with an aim to explore ways to improve the quality of innovation data collected in future surveys.
Project Start Date
Friday, July 17, 2009
Project Completion Date
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Journal Articles From Project
An environmentally sustainable Australia
NRI-National Rural Issues