Smallholder production in Australia: Final report

Marta Hernandez-Jover, Lynne Hayes, Jenny-Ann L.M.L. Toribio

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Anecdotally, the phenomenon of the “tree change” is flourishing in Australia. Houston (2005) observed that “the past decade has seen a range of reports confirming the significance of peri-urban regions … as major locations of population growth.” (p210). The complexity of this group makes for a challenging research environment. Definitions are fraught with conjecture; however, what is clear is that the demographic characteristics, on-farm practices and stakeholder networks of smallholders are not fully understood. In Australia, commercial animal production is regulated, minimizing biosecurity risks. Smallholders are a group that may exist on the fringe of this regulation and as such,pose undefined but potentially significant biosecurity risks. This study sought to characterize smallholder production in Australia. To achieve this objective,different activities were conducted, including a literature review, consultation with stakeholders, and the distribution of a questionnaire amongst identified smallholders
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationNSW, Australia
PublisherCommonwealth of Australia, Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
Commissioning bodyDepartment of Agriculture and Water Resources
Number of pages125
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2014


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