Potential Benefits from Alternative Areas of Agricultural Research for Dryland Farming in Northern Syria

Agricultural Systems, Vol. 72, pp. 93-108, 2002, DOI: 10.1016/S0308-521X(01)00069-5

Posted: 25 Sep 2012

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Elizabeth Petersen

Australian National University (ANU) - Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies (RSPAS)

David J. Pannell

University of Western Australia

Thomas L. Nordblom

Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation (Charles Sturt University & NSW DPI)

Farouk Shomo

International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)

Date Written: 2002

Abstract

This study is intended to contribute to the setting of priorities for agricultural research in two regions of northern Syria. A whole-farm economic model based on production data from 8-year field trials, and market and farmer surveys for the same years, is used for each region. The models are run with 10% increases in approximately 30 parameters of the farming system, and the parameters are ranked according to their effect on whole-farm profit. Results indicate that improvements in wheat grain yields have the greatest effect on income, with improvements in lentil grain yields ranking second. Other parameters rate considerably below these two. The lower-ranked parameters include the energy content of barley grain, the lambing percentage, the energy content of lentil straw, and milk production. Extensive sensitivity analysis with plausible economic and environmental changes found that this ranking is robust under all changes for both regions studied.

Keywords: research evaluation, whole-farm modelling, Syria

Suggested Citation

Petersen, Elizabeth and Pannell, David J. and Nordblom, Thomas L. and Shomo, Farouk, Potential Benefits from Alternative Areas of Agricultural Research for Dryland Farming in Northern Syria (2002). Agricultural Systems, Vol. 72, pp. 93-108, 2002, DOI: 10.1016/S0308-521X(01)00069-5. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2151132

Elizabeth Petersen (Contact Author)

Australian National University (ANU) - Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies (RSPAS) ( email )

Division of Economics, RSPAS
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 0200
Australia

David J. Pannell

University of Western Australia ( email )

35 Stirling Highway
Crawley, Western Australia 6009
AUSTRALIA
(08) 9844 8659 (Phone)
(08) 9844 8659 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://www.general.uwa.edu.au/u/dpannell/welcome.html

Thomas L. Nordblom

Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation (Charles Sturt University & NSW DPI) ( email )

Albert Pugsley Place
Wagga Wagga, NSW 2650
Australia
+61419290428 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.csu.edu.au/research/grahamcentre/our-people/members2/tom-nordblom

Farouk Shomo

International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) ( email )

Tunisia

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