Virtual discussions to support climate risk decision making on farms

Reardon-Smith, Kate and Mushtaq, Shahbaz and Farley, Helen S. and Cliffe, Neil and Stone, Roger C. and Ostini, Jenny and Doyle, Joanne and Martin, Neil ORCID: and Loch, Adam and Maraseni, Tek ORCID: and Marcussen, Torben and Lindesay, Janette (2015) Virtual discussions to support climate risk decision making on farms. Journal of Economic and Social Policy, 17 (2). ISSN 1325-2224


Climate variability represents a significant risk to farming enterprises. Effective extension of climate information may improve climate risk decision making and adaptive management responses to climate variability on farms. This paper briefly reviews current agricultural extension approaches and reports stakeholder responses to new web-based virtual world ‘discussion-support’ tools developed for the Australian sugar cane farming industry. These tools incorporate current climate science and sugar industry better management practices, while leveraging the social-learning aspects of farming, to provide a stimulus for discussion and climate risk decision making. Responses suggest that such virtual world tools may provide effective support for climate risk decision making on Australian sugar cane farms. Increasing capacity to deliver such tools online also suggests potential to engage large numbers of farmers globally.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: c. Southern Cross University, Centre for Policy Research.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: No Faculty
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Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2015 06:19
Last Modified: 14 Feb 2017 01:00
Uncontrolled Keywords: agricultural extension, climate risk management, discussion support tools, Second Life machinima
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0701 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management > 070107 Farming Systems Research
05 Environmental Sciences > 0501 Ecological Applications > 050101 Ecological Impacts of Climate Change
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390405 Educational technology and computing
30 AGRICULTURAL, VETERINARY AND FOOD SCIENCES > 3002 Agriculture, land and farm management > 300207 Agricultural systems analysis and modelling
41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4101 Climate change impacts and adaptation > 410102 Ecological impacts of climate change and ecological adaptation
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): D Environment > 96 Environment > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960301 Climate Change Adaptation Measures
D Environment > 96 Environment > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960304 Climate Variability (excl. Social Impacts)

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