Agricultural & Resource Economics and Agribusiness (AREA)

The Agricultural & Resource Economics and Agribusiness (AREA) group assesses questions of agricultural and natural resource management and policy, and agrifood and agribusiness industry issues. This capacity is important in addressing the Grand Challenge of supporting Sustainability and Resilience, including climate change, and water and food security. 

AREA addresses the following issues:

  • Agricultural practice change and technology adoption for farmers and farming systems;
  • Agricultural resource use and implications for farms, local communities and agricultural policy;
  • Agricultural water use in Australia and other countries;
  • Agribusiness management and value chain improvement;
  • Farm management economics of changes to grazing and cropping systems; and
  • Climate change mitigation and adaptation for farming systems.

Research Group Contact Information

Name & Honorifics: Dr. Bob Farquharson, AREA leader
Title: Senior Lecturer
Dept: Department of Agriculture and Food Systems
Phone: +61 3 8344 7390
Campus: Parkville
Faculty: Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, The University of Melbourne


Research Students

Ms. Claire Lewis, Analysing the potential value of novel white clover for Australian dairy systems
Mr. Cameron Ludemann, Economic and GHG analysis of the impacts of high energy ryegrasses in dairy systems
Mr. Jonathan Tocker, Profit, cash, wealth and risk impacts of changes to farm systems in Western Victoria under changed economic and climatic conditions
Mr. Will Taing, Benefit cost analysis of robotic dairying
Ms. Adanma Amaefula, Poverty Status and Effect on Efficiency of Yam Producers in Nigeria
Ms. Erandathie Pathiraja, The economic impact of climate change on perennial crops: assessing the impact on coconut industry in Sri Lanka
Mr. Mike Stephens, Growth and decline of farm businesses over generations of farm families
Mr. Ed McCartney, Adjustment in smallholder irrigation zones
Ms. Fei Mok , Wastewater re-use in the Goulburn Murray Valley


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