Exploring the potential areas of research to increase drought resiliency of agricultural industries in Australia

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Islam, M A., Slaughter, G. and McVeigh, J.. 2022. "Exploring the potential areas of research to increase drought resiliency of agricultural industries in Australia." International Tropical Agriculture Conference 2022 (TropAg 2022). Brisbane, Australia 31 Oct - 02 Nov 2022 Australia.
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Exploring the potential areas of research to increase drought resiliency of agricultural industries in Australia

Presentation TypePoster
AuthorsIslam, M A., Slaughter, G. and McVeigh, J.
Year2022
Place of PublicationAustralia
Web Address (URL) of Conference Proceedingshttps://tropagconference.org/
Conference/EventInternational Tropical Agriculture Conference 2022 (TropAg 2022)
Event Details
International Tropical Agriculture Conference 2022 (TropAg 2022)
Delivery
In person
Event Date
31 Oct 2022 to end of 02 Nov 2022
Event Location
Brisbane, Australia
Abstract

Drought is a recurrent and inevitable feature of Australian agriculture and projected climate change scenarios indicate that Australian agricultural industries are likely to become more vulnerable to drought. A wide range of uncertainties exists in drought management decision-making due to variations in understanding of drought perspectives among scientists, policymakers, and primary producers, making adapting to and mitigating drought impacts difficult. A multi-stage systematic review of existing research activities in Australia was carried out to explore potential drought management research areas. Popular databases in the field of agricultural research, and relevant websites, were used to investigate research activities using pre-defined search terms related to drought. After applying inclusion/exclusion criteria a total 64 research projects were selected. A thematic content analysis was conducted using Nvivo 12 plus software to explore the project outcomes, and key focus areas of these research projects undertaken. The findings of this study demonstrated that drought-related research activities followed a highly top-down approach and were predominantly influenced by the scientists’ perspectives. Results also indicated that grazing industries attracted top-most priority in terms of drought-related research, and the vegetable crops got the least attention. Among the research projects conducted, only 24% of these projects considered the necessity of farmers’ involvement in improving drought management planning research and building social and natural capitals did not get much pace in these research activities at all. Our study thus emphasizes the necessity of producer-oriented research programs to improve drought resilience across the agricultural sector.

ANZSRC Field of Research 2020300210. Sustainable agricultural development
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