Journal article

A new framework to analyse workforce contribution to Australian cotton farm adaptability

Ruth Nettle, Geoff Kuehne, Kate Lee, Dan Armstrong

AGRONOMY FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT | SPRINGER FRANCE | Published : 2018

Abstract

Farmers face many challenges, including climate variability, that require continual adaptation. However, studies of farm adaptation have paid limited attention to the farm workforce, despite changes in farm workforce organisation (i.e. the number, type and forms of employment on farm) being a significant feature of agricultural change globally. To effectively support farmers’ adaptation, it is important to understand farmers’ workforce strategies (i.e. how farm workforce organisation supports the needs and priorities of the farm), how workforce choices are made and the implications for adaptation. This paper progresses a framework for analysing farm adaptability, including the farm workforce..

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