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Farm-level Modelling

Farm-level Modelling

Techniques, Applications and Policy

Edited by S Shrestha, SRUC, UK, A Barnes, SRUC, UK, B V Ahmadi, SRUC, UK

September 2016 / Hardback / 238 Pages / 9781780644288 £87.50 / €113.00 / $144.00
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Main Description

Agriculture is the product of a complex mixture of behavioural, biophysical and market drivers. Understanding how these factors interact to produce crops and livestock for food has been the focus of economic investigation for many years. The advent of optimisation algorithms and the exponential growth in computing technology has allowed significant growth in mathematical modelling of the dynamics of agricultural systems. The complexity of approaches has grown in parallel with the availability of data at increasingly finer resolutions.
Farm-level models have been widely used in agricultural economic studies to understand how farmers and land owners respond to market and policy levers. This book provides an in-depth description of different methodologies and techniques currently used in farm-level modelling. While giving an overview of the theoretical grounding behind the models, an applied approach is also used. Case studies range from the application of modelling to policy reforms and the subsequent impacts on rural communities and food supply. This book also provides descriptions of the use of farm-level models in much wider fields such as aggregation and linking with sectoral models. Its purpose is to show the reader the methods that have been employed to inform decision-makers about how to improve the economic, social and environmental goals required to achieve the aims of multidimensional policy.

    • Part 1: Farm-level Assessments
  • 1: Policy Impact Assessment
  • 2: Positive Mathematical Programming
  • 3: Modelling Farm-level Adaptations Under External Shocks
  • 4: Farm-level Modelling, Risk and Uncertainty
  • 5: Modelling Farm-level Biosecurity Management
  • 6: Modelling Farm Efficiency
  • 7: Quantifying Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Identifying Cost-effective Mitigation Measures
    • Part 2: Modelling beyond the farm gate
  • 8: Moving Beyond the Farm: Representing Farms in Regional Modelling
  • 9: Farm-level Microsimulation Models
  • 10: Scaling Up and Out: Agent-Based Modelling to Include Farmer Regimes
  • 11: Catchment-level Modelling
  • 12: Modelling Food Supply Chains
  • 13: Linkage of a Farm Group Model to a Partial Equilibrium Model
  • 14: Conclusions: The State-of-the-art of Farm Modelling and Promising Directions

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Ahmadi is an agricultural economist with a background in veterinary medicine. Since 2008, he has worked within the Policy Analysis Team of the Land Economy, Environment and Society (LEES) Research Group of Scotland's Rural College (SRUC). His main research focus is on assessing the impacts of policies on farm economics and management, and on livestock health
and welfare. Since February 2016, he has been working at the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the
European Commission.

Barnes is an agricultural economist and Reader in Innovation and Behavioural Change within the Land Economy, Environment and Society (LEES) Research Group of Scotland's Rural College (SRUC). His main research focus is on capturing the impacts of policy change and farmer behaviour at the farm and catchment level within a modelling framework. He currently leads the Policy, Innovation and Behaviours Team at SRUC

Shrestha is an agricultural economist in the Land Economy, Environment and Society (LEES) Research Group of Scotland's Rural College (SRUC). His main research interests are in policy impact assessments, mathematical modelling, farming system analysis, farm-level adaptations and climate change.

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