Enhanced risk management and decision-making capability across the sugarcane industry value chain based on seasonal climate forecasts

Everingham, Y. L. and Muchow, R. C. and Stone, R. C. and Inman-Bamber, N. G. and Singels, A. and Bezuidenhout, C. N. (2002) Enhanced risk management and decision-making capability across the sugarcane industry value chain based on seasonal climate forecasts. Agricultural Systems, 74 (3). pp. 459-477. ISSN 0308-521X


Sugarcane industries worldwide are exposed to uncertainty associated with variable climate. This variability produces impacts across an integrated value chain comprising of the following industry sectors: cane growing, harvesting and transport, milling, and marketing. The purpose of this paper is to advocate a comprehensive systems approach for using seasonal climate forecast systems to improve risk management and decision-making capability across all sugarcane industry sectors. The application of this approach is outlined for decisions relating to yield forecasting, harvest management, and the use of irrigation. Key lessons learnt from this approach include the need for a participative R&D approach with stakeholders and the need to consider the whole industry value chain. Additionally, there is the need for climate forecast systems to target the varying needs of sugarcane industries.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2002 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved. Commissioned research paper.
Depositing User: Professor Roger Stone
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Biological and Physical Sciences
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 01:14
Last Modified: 21 Nov 2013 01:26
Uncontrolled Keywords: sugarcane; value chain; climatic risk; systems approach; participative processes
Fields of Research : 04 Earth Sciences > 0406 Physical Geography and Environmental Geoscience > 040605 Palaeoclimatology
04 Earth Sciences > 0401 Atmospheric Sciences > 040105 Climatology (excl.Climate Change Processes)
07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0703 Crop and Pasture Production > 070301 Agro-ecosystem Functionand Prediction
Socio-Economic Objective: D Environment > 96 Environment > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960304 Climate Variability (excl. Social Impacts)
Identification Number or DOI: doi: 10.1016/S0308-521X(02)00050-1
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/2792

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