Productivity and Innovation in Australia’s Agricultural Sector


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

Research Organisation

Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences

Objective Summary

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.

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Project Start Date

Friday, July 17, 2009

Project Completion Date

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

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National Priority

An environmentally sustainable Australia

National Priority

Advanced Technology

National Priority

NRI-National Rural Issues


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