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GFAR’s Associate Professor Patrick O’Connor is set to undertake economic research as part of a new project aiming to help farmers and growers design and implement native plantings to support bee and other insect populations needed to pollinate their crops and orchards.

We want to understand the price farmers are prepared to pay for pollination and how pollination benefits from native vegetation are bundled together with other benefits such as biodiversity conservation and carbon storage. Associate Professor Patrick O’Connor, Centre for Global Food and Resources at the University of Adelaide.

To learn more about the project, which is the first of its type in Australia, click here.

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 Below, Rohan Yargop, provides an insight into his recent visit to a dairy farm in the heart of the city.

Dairy farm visit

Urban farming systems are fascinating. While developed countries have seen a gradual and organic growth in farming systems, the case of developing countries is different. Developing countries in Asia often find themselves in a position of retaining traditional farming systems around rapidly urbanizing areas. I had the chance to visit one such farm on my recent visit to Bogor, Indonesia as part of Indodairy project led by CGFAR which is funded by ACIAR. The Indodairy project aims to address issues faced by dairy farmers in West Java and Northern Sumatra by understanding the complex value chains, identifying points of intervention, implementing extension programs and evaluating the impacts of the same with an overall objective of increasing productivity of 3000 dairy farmers by 25% by the year 2020.

Bogor is an important educational and cultural centre on the island of Java located about 80 Km south of Indonesia’s capital city Jakarta. With a population of over 1 million, Bogor is a rapidly urbanizing city. To arrive at this dairy farm driving through narrow alleys in a bustling suburb of Kebon Pedes was indeed a unique experience. This dairy farm is a family business headed by the patriarch and supported by his son and another staff member who work day and night and take care of all the activities on the farm. The dairy farm houses about 30 cows of which 28 are lactating. The cows are milked twice a day over a period of two hours. The yield of milk is estimated to be 10 litres/cow/day depending on the stage of lactation, climate and availability of concentrates. One of the key issues identified by the farmers was fertility and that the cost of each straw of artificial insemination was additional cost to the farmer. The feed for cows (grass) is bought in daily from a source that is located an hour away and cut by hand. Soy (tofu) is sourced from waste streams from the surrounding urban environment.

With regards to availability of resources, being in the middle of the city has meant unlimited water supply for the farm. The manure from the cows is generally washed into the nearby river which could subsequently contaminate the ground water in the area. The milk is primarily sold to individual consumers as the farmer gets a high price compared to selling the milk to co-operatives. There is no cold chain infrastructure, although the lack of a cold chain facility has not been an impediment to the operations on this dairy farm according to the farmer. The dairy farm shed structure is a high roof with concrete floors over two levels. Large troughs of cement are provided for water and feed for cows. The shed structure did bear signs of damage and lack of maintenance.

Upon asking the owner of the dairy if being in the middle of an urbanized area was a hindrance both for the farm operation and surrounding dwellings he answered by stating that the farm has been there for over 40 years and the operations are developed in a manner that pose no issues to the dwellings around the farm. Although a potential issue the farm could face is the ability of scaling up operations which is a challenge in the current location however close proximity to the market has also guaranteed a price which is premium.

This dairy farm visit was an interesting experience from a sense that as cities are growing rapidly and especially in countries where geographical areas are small in size how can urban farming systems not only operate but also sustain in the long run.

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Indodairy project team and policy working group

Indodairy project team and policy working group

Improving milk supply, competitiveness and livelihoods in smallholder dairy chains in Indonesia

Below, Rohan Yargop, provides an overview of the team workshop and policy working group meeting.

The Indodairy project led by Prof Wendy Umberger, Executive Director, Centre for Global Food and Resources at the University of Adelaide, in collaboration with Indonesian partner institutions ICASEPS, ICARD and IPB aims to address several issues faced by the dairy sector in West Java and North Sumatra. The project is funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR). Development of sustainable, profitable and inclusive value chains in the dairy sector is one of the key objectives of this project. The Indodairy project which was initiated with an inception workshop in November 2016 conducted a sampling and survey design workshop in SB-IPB, Bogor between 21st and 24th February 2017.

Engagement with policy makers and dialogue with key stakeholders is an important aspect of this project. The project team also met with the policy working group in order to initiate dialogue with key policy makers in the dairy sector. The policy working group will form an integral part of the project as the project activities progress over the next 4 years.

The project will undertake supply chain analysis in North Sumatra and West Java, through semi-structured and structured interviews and market research to identify existing and future whole-of-chain opportunities for industry and government. In year one, a baseline survey will be developed and conducted with participatory focus groups to identify barriers to adoption of profitable management practices and opportunities to improve adoption rates. The results of the survey will help to inform the design, testing and full deployment of innovative technical practice change programs in the areas of herd nutrition and feed management, animal husbandry and reproduction, milk quality and farm business management. The information from the survey will also be used to evaluate the effectiveness of the interventions. Through the activities over a period of 4 years the project aims to increase productivity of 3000 dairy farmers by 20%.

The sampling and survey design workshop was attended by the Indodairy team members from all institutions. There workshop activities were led by project leader of Indodairy, Prof. Wendy Umberger. The development of survey instrument and sampling methodology was discussed and finalized at this workshop. The workshop was also an opportunity for all the stakeholders involved in the project to share ideas and have healthy discussions on further steps as the project progresses.

The presence and involvement of past graduates of Centre for Global Food and Resources is notable in the Indodairy project. Former Master’s graduates like Rida Akzar and PhD graduates like Dr. Suprehatin, Dr. Sahara who now hold research positions with IPB (Insitut Pertanian Bogor, Bogor Agricultural University) will play a major role in development and implementation of the project. Indodairy project also aims to encourage and strengthen institutional relationships. This also showcases a strong relationship of over a decade long association and collaboration between CGFAR, IPB and ICASEPS (Indonesian Centre for Agricultural Socioeconomic and Policy Studies).


Policy working group meeting and team discussion



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Earlier this month, a large cohort of GFAR staff and students descended upon the Brisbane Convention and Entertainment Centre to participate in the 61st annual AARES conference, held 7-10th February. The three conference days provided an array of thought provoking presentations, social events and networking opportunities. The first day saw GFAR Executive Director, Prof. Wendy Umberger, […]

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South Australia’s Branch of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society (AARES) and the Centre for Global Food and Resources (GFAR) is delighted to host a discussion with Prof Michael Hanemann, Arizona State University WHEN: 12.30 -2.00pm, Wednesday 8th March 2017 WHERE: Room 5.01, Level 5, Nexus 10 Building, The University of Adelaide, 10 Pulteney Street, […]

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Water Transfers in California: Estimating the Impact of Foregone Agricultural Production and Aquifer Decline Dr Eric Houk Professor, California State University, Chico Wednesday, March 1st 2017 12:30-1:30 pm – Talk and discussion Seminar Room 5.01, Centre for Global Food & Resources Level 5 Nexus 10 Building RSVP to Alec Zuo at by Monday 27 […]

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The Centre for Global Food and Resources, Executive Director, Professor Wendy Umberger, on behalf of the University and Agribusiness Australia welcomed guests for the co-sponsored afternoon at Ayres House on Monday 13 February 2017 where the use of Big Data in Agribusiness was in the spotlight. Attendees heard presentations from University of Adelaide Alumnus Professor […]

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The Centre for Global Food and Resources together with Agribusiness Australia have the pleasure of announcing Special International guests, University of Adelaide Alumnus Prof Philip Pardey, University of Minnesota and Dr Gabe Gusimi, PepsiCo: Big data and its application to Agribusiness Monday 13 February 2017 Ayers House, 288 North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000 Topic: ‘Beyond […]

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Collaboration between the University of Adelaide and some of Australia’s largest agribusinesses has resulted in a new, business-focused Master of Agribusiness program, which is designed to cultivate the industry’s next generation of leaders. Valued at more than $430 billion annually, agribusiness is one of Australia’s most important industry sectors. “ This is a key industry for our […]

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An eventful day: an international keynote speaker, many presentations, some media interviews and a quiz night… Professor Klaus Grunert from Aarhus University in Denmark took the stage early this morning, giving an insightful and motivating keynote presentation on ‘Changes in consumer food quality perception: Implications for theory and practice’. Prof Grunert highlighted how the increasing […]

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