Implications for policy makers and planners

Parry ML, Carter TR, & Konijn NT (1988). Implications for policy makers and planners. In: The Impact of Climatic Variations on Agriculture. pp. 733-757 Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer. ISBN 978-94-009-2965-4 DOI:10.1007/978-94-009-2965-4_40.

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Abstract

Although the ability to forecast the arrival and duration of particular extreme climatic events is limited, they will naturally and inevitably recur as inherent features of Australian agriculture. Most farmers and other rural business people are aware of fluctuating seasonal (and market) conditions and make their own contingency plans. Such plans result in marked changes in production and incomes in the rural sector, and some transfer effects to the rest of the economy — see Lovett (1973) and Anderson (1979) for an overview of these effects; and Campbell et al. (1983), Purtill et al. (1983) and Gibbs (1984) for discussion of the most recent drought (1982–83). Most farmers balance the good and bad times, and maintain both their ability to continue production and their household living standards until better seasonal conditions return. However, some do not make adequate provision for the stock, income and cash flow losses caused, for example, by drought, flood and fire. Selected reports of the ravages and hardships of drought are irresistible headline material in the media. Sympathy flows from the public, and governments agree, all too readily, to provide subsidies from public funds for drought assistance.

Item Type: Book Section
Research Programs: Biosphere Dynamics (BIO)
Depositing User: Romeo Molina
Date Deposited: 02 May 2016 08:36
Last Modified: 02 May 2016 08:36
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/12970

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