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dc.contributor.authorMoller, Henrik
dc.contributor.authorWearing, Alex
dc.contributor.authorPearson, Andrea
dc.contributor.authorPerley, Chris
dc.contributor.authorSteven, David
dc.contributor.authorBlackwell, Grant
dc.contributor.authorReid, Jeff
dc.contributor.authorJohnson, Marion
dc.date.accessioned2013-08-20T03:23:56Z
dc.date.available2013-08-20T03:23:56Z
dc.date.issued2005-06
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10182/5606
dc.description.abstractThis report outlines a rationale for proposed environmental monitoring on 136 farms participating in the Agriculture Research Group on Sustainability (ARGOS) project. A transdisciplinary research team of around 20 researchers, including sociologists, economists, farm management experts and ecologists will assess the sustainability and socio-ecological resilience of farms and orchards participating in organic, Integrated Management (IM), conventional farming systems and Maori farming systems. The farming sectors represented range from (i) high-input:highoutput agriculture for dairy and kiwifruit production (mainly in North Island New Zealand), through (ii) medium-input:medium-output sheep and beef farming on the plains or rolling low hill country of South Island, to (iii) very low-input-low-output sheep/beef farming in the South Island High Country. A parallel study of Maori land use and sustainable development amongst Ngai Tahu Runanga will include a variety of other farming approaches. A meta-analysis over all farm sectors and farming systems will attempt to identify key drivers of change and barriers to improved resilience. Researchers will monitor social, economic and environmental changes on farms over the next 20 to 30 years as part of an ‘independent assessor’ role, but they will also seek to help the participating farmers improve the sustainability and resilience of their enterprise by acting as ‘involved assistors’. This report identifies fundamental approaches and ecological processes to be researched mainly from an ecological point of view. Subsequent discussions amongst the whole ARGOS team are likely to adjust the priorities to get the maximum advantage from our expert sociological, economic, farm management and Maori colleagues.en
dc.description.sponsorshipFunded primarily by the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology (FRST) with additional cofunding and logistic support from Fonterra, Zespri International, Certified Organic Kiwifruit growers Association, Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu and a meat packing company.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherAgriculture Research Group on Sustainabilityen
dc.relationAvailable from www.argos.org.nzen
dc.relation.ispartofseriesARGOS Working Paper No. 6.en
dc.relation.urihttp://www.argos.org.nz/environmental_monitoring_analysis.htmlen
dc.rightsCopyright © The Authors.en
dc.subjectenvironmental monitoringen
dc.subjectresilienceen
dc.subjectfarming systemsen
dc.subjectsustainable agricultureen
dc.titleEnvironmental monitoring and research for improved resilience on ARGOS farmsen
dc.typeWorking Paperen
lu.contributor.unitAgribusiness and Economics Research Uniten
dc.subject.anzsrc070108 Sustainable Agricultural Developmenten
dc.subject.anzsrc070107 Farming Systems Researchen


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