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Farm-level modelling: techniques, applications and policy.

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The 14 chapters in this book provide an introduction to the techniques used and the issues addressed by farm-level models. They underline the potential that exists to generate new insights and guidance for policy makers as these models come to be more widely used. The book is split into two discrete parts based on loosely defined spatial distinctions. Part 1 concerns itself with assessment at the ...

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Chapter 14 (Page no: 206)

Conclusions: the state-of-the-art of farm modelling and promising directions.

The chapters in this book demonstrate the impressive advances that have been made in the mathematical modelling of the farm in recent years. This concluding chapter examines four possible reasons for the increased attention that is now being paid to farm-level policy analysis: (1) The policy instruments relevant for the agricultural sector are nowadays more targeted at the farm directly and are differentiated by farm characteristics. (2) Political attention has turned more towards the distribution of indicators, and often to the tails of these distributions rather than being satisfied with averages, as before. (3) There is growing awareness that the biophysical and economic processes generating challenges for policies and the impacts of those policies do not linearly aggregate to a larger scale. (4) The simultaneous development of methodologies, databases and computational power allows farm-level analysis for larger scales that was not possible two decades ago. The final part of the chapter turns to the limitations to, and relevant future research directions in, farm-level modelling.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 1) Policy impact assessment. Author(s): Blanco, M.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 14) Positive mathematical programming. Author(s): Arfini, F. Donati, M. Solazzo, R. Veneziani, M.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 31) Modelling farm-level adaptations under external shocks. Author(s): Shailesh Shrestha Ahmadi, B. V.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 44) Farm-level modelling, risk and uncertainty. Author(s): Ramsden, S. Wilson, P.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 58) Modelling farm-level biosecurity management. Author(s): Rault, A. Hennessy, D. A.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 77) Modelling farm efficiency. Author(s): Gillespie, P. Thorne, F. Hennessy, T. Hynes, S. O'Donoghue, C.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 95) Quantifying agricultural greenhouse gas emissions and identifying cost-effective mitigation measures. Author(s): MacLeod, M. Eory, V.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 112) Moving beyond the farm: representing farms in regional modelling. Author(s): Ding JinXiu McCarl, B. A. Wang WeiWei
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 134) Farm-level microsimulation models. Author(s): O'Donoghue, C.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 147) Scaling up and out: agent-based modelling to include farmer regimes. Author(s): Barnes, A. P. Guillem, E. Murray-Rust, D.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 156) Catchment-level modelling. Author(s): Ferreira, J. G. Abbot, P. Barnes, A. P.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 173) Modelling food supply chains. Author(s): Revoredo-Giha, C.
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 189) Linkage of a farm group model to a partial equilibrium model. Author(s): Gocht, A. Ciaian, P. Espinosa, M. Gomez y Paloma, S.

Chapter details

  • Author Affiliation
  • Institute for Food and Resource Economics, University of Bonn, Nussallee 21, 53115 Bonn, Germany.
  • Year of Publication
  • 2016
  • ISBN
  • 9781780644288
  • Record Number
  • 20163313846