The Australian Farm Institute has been established to conduct research into public policy issues impacting on the Australian farm sector, and to promote policy solutions that maximise the economic and social wellbeing of farmers. To do this, the Institute contracts leading academics and consultants (both within Australia and internationally) to carry out research projects on specific farm policy issues, promoting the outcomes of this research to policy-makers.
The Institute has a commitment to ensuring research findings are the conclusion of high quality, rigorous and objective analysis. The Institute’s research is overseen by a Research Advisory Committee consisting of experienced senior researchers and academics. The Committee identifies strategic issues, and oversee the quality of research contracted out by the Institute to ensure it is of the highest calibre and is conducted objectively.
Broadly, the Institute’s research program will be structured around three key themes:
- Farm businesses – focusing on issues that impact on the ability of farmers to operate profitable businesses
- Farm resources – focusing on natural resource management issues that impact on farmers
- Farm communities – focusing on social issues impacting on farmers and their regional communities.
Research promotion is important to the Institute as it assists in the development of sound and innovative policy solutions, in addition to enlightening the wider community. A variety of publications are produced, including a quarterly journal, as well as seminars and events that provide opportunities for Institute researchers and policy-makers to exchange ideas.
Individuals and corporations are encouraged to contribute to, and become involved with, the work of the Institute. Membership of the Australian Farm Institute is available to individuals or organisations that have a significant interest in farming, agriculture, agribusiness or related industries.
While similar organisations exist at a more general level in Australia and in other developed economies, the Farm Institute is the first stand-alone Institute of this nature established to focus a stand-alone institute of this nature has been established to focus solely on farm issues.
The Australian Farm Institute is focused on devising solutions to farm-sector issues, not just highlighting them. As such, a great opportunity exists to set strategic directions for farm policy in Australia, and internationally. In doing so, farmers’ ability to manage their farms profitably and sustainably will be further enhanced. An information brochure about the Australian Farm Institute is available for download here.