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Improving the measurement of the value of organic production in Australia

Wynen, Els (2016) Improving the measurement of the value of organic production in Australia. OTARE Policy Paper, no. 1601, Organic Trust Australia - Research and Education .

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In Australia reliable data has always been a problem, as no agency (government or otherwise) has regularly and systematically collected and published full sets of data. In 2012 the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) published data resulting from questions on organic agriculture included in its census of 2010-11.
These data were analysed, and are reported in the bi-annual marketing reports of Australian Organic. However, the analysis of those ABS data has serious shortcomings. Estimates of the farm-gate value of organic production are likely to be significantly distorted because of serious methodological problems. The main problems relate to: (i) avoidance of organic price premium; (ii) discrepancy between share of organic area and share of the value of organic production; and (iii) confusion between production versus sales data. The conclusion is that the analysis of those ABS data is not likely to provide an accurate picture of organic farm-gate values.
In the course of researching this issue it also became clear that, even if proper analysis of the ABS data could have led to a good estimate of organic agriculture in Australia, inconsistency in the analysis of 2010-11 data, and also of 2014 data makes accuracy in the Australian Organic Market Reports for 2012 and 2014 dubious, to say the least.

EPrint Type:Working paper
Keywords:organic area, production, farm-gate value, Australia
Agrovoc keywords:
Organic agriculture
Subjects: Knowledge management > Research methodology and philosophy > Specific methods > Surveys and statistics
Food systems > Markets and trade
Knowledge management > Education, extension and communication
"Organics" in general > Countries and regions > Australia
Research affiliation:Australia > Other organizations
Deposited By: Rasmussen, Ilse Ankjær
ID Code:30946
Deposited On:18 Dec 2016 16:04
Last Modified:22 Dec 2016 14:03
Document Language:English
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed
Additional Publishing Information:This Policy Paper replaces an earlier version published as OTARE Discussion Paper No 1501 ‘Improving the measurement of Australian organic production’, and OTARE Research Report 1601: ‘Improving the measurement of the value of organic production in Australia’

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