Sustainable Development in Australian Agriculture: Some Operational Issues

Dr Marthin Nanere,
Dr Ali M Quazi
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This conceptual paper examines some operational issues surrounding the notion of sustainability in general and in the context of Australian agricultural development in particular. It is argued that the greatest problem to be overcome in the realm of sustainable development is to device a widely recognised definition incorporating the contemporary issues and concepts that have been established in the current literature over the last several decades. The paper has therefore placed greater emphasis on the definitional issues by reviewing the existing definitions and approaches towards measuring sustainable development. To this end the current literature has been reviewed in order to resolve the controversies towards proving a workable definition of sustainability in the context of the dynamic nature of ‘sustainability’ as an emerging issue of enormous significance. The main finding of this paper suggests that if policy makers cannot explicitly state the objectives of policy or management programs, there is little hope that definitions of sustainable development can move beyond broad, well meaning motherhood statements. Regarding the assessment of sustainable development it is proposed that a constant or rising Total Factor Productivity (TFP) – that is a value greater than or equal to one – indicates that the production system being considered is sustainable, providing service flows from natural resources are included as inputs.

Keywords: Sustainability, Australian Agriculture, Total Factor Productivity
Stream: Environmental Sustainability
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
Paper: Sustainable Development in Australian Agriculture

Dr Marthin Nanere

Marketing Lecturer, Department of accounting and Management, La Trobe University - Bendigo Campus

Dr Nanere is a marketing lecturer in the Department of Business where he is teaching marketing subjects. His research focuses on channel member relationships in the Victorian (Australia) fruit and agricultural industry, and issues related to genetically modified products in Australia, Canada and Indonesia.

Dr Ali M Quazi

Senior Lecturer, Newcastle Business School, The University of Newcastle

Ali Quazi is a Senior Lecturer in Marketing and the past Head of Marketing and International Business Group within the Newcastle Business School, University of Newcastle, Australia. He received his PhD from the University of New South Wales, Australia. His research interests are in the areas of environmental marketing, corporate social responsibility and business/marketing ethics in an international context. His articles have appeared in numerous academic and professional journals including the European Journal of Marketing, Australasian Marketing Journal, Management decision and Journal of Business Ethics.

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