The agricultural sector is of huge importance for New Zealand. Many significant public policy issues such as environmental protection, innovation, growth in GDP, management of financial risk, and land use and infrastructure have important agricultural dimensions.
To address this challenge we have established an Agricultural Economics programme at Motu. This aims to build an evidence base as a foundation for public discussion of some of the important issues.
Examples of specific issues that may be included in the research plan include:
However, even though we are currently building this capacity, we have already produced several documents directly related to agricultural issues, which can be found below. We also have a current research project that aims to understand the barriers that farmers might face when deciding whether or not to adopt new mitigation option that would have zero financial cost for the farm.
Authors: Farnaz Pourzand | Kendon Bell
This paper examines how differences in climate across space influence the value of New Zealand agricultural land.
Authors: Levente Timar | Eyal Apatov
In one of the first studies of its kind, a new paper by Motu Research investigates the impact of droughts on livestock farm enterprises by linking financial, agricultural and productivity data with historical weather data.
Authors: David Fleming | Kate Preston
has significant impact.
Public funds do help.
Evaluating the benefits of publicly funded research is always a challenging task. This paper cannot produce air-tight quantification of the benefits of Sustainable Land Management and Climate…
Authors: David Fleming | Kate Preston | Andrea Arratia-Solar
In this paper we discuss a framework to evaluate the benefits of publicly-funded research that includes scientific impact, impacts on stakeholders (next and end users of research outputs), and economic and environmental values. We apply…
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