Informations et ressources scientifiques
sur le développement des zones arides et semi-arides

Accueil du site → Master → Afrique du Sud → 2021 → The financial implications of regenerative agriculture in the Southern Cape and the subsequent impact on future animal and winter cereal crop production

Stellenbosch University (2021)

The financial implications of regenerative agriculture in the Southern Cape and the subsequent impact on future animal and winter cereal crop production

Hayward, Clinton Todd

Titre : The financial implications of regenerative agriculture in the Southern Cape and the subsequent impact on future animal and winter cereal crop production

Auteur : Hayward, Clinton Todd

Université de soutenance : Stellenbosch University

Grade : Master Degree (Agricultural Economics) 2021

Résumé
Dryland farming systems in the Southern Cape are largely reliant on external inputs to function in a financially feasible manner. In recent years, the prices of key farming inputs have begun to put financial pressure on farming systems in the Southern Cape. A trial was recently started in the Southern Cape to assess soil regeneration and the impact thereof on future crop and livestock production. The trial was used as a point of reference in this study to simulate potential production scenarios. Regenerative agriculture shares selected principles with other farming practices such as conservation agriculture (CA) but emphasises biomimicry over external inputs. The aim of this study is to conduct explorative research on the financial implications of future regenerative farming practices in the Southern Cape. A proposed result of the long-term implementation of regenerative farming practices in the Southern Cape is the establishment of agricultural practises that are well adapted to internalise the impacts of changing weather patterns and harmful farming practises. The explorative nature of this study was well suited to the use of simulation modelling where hypothetical changes can be made to the typical conservational farming system in the Western Rûens homogenous farming area, to gain insight into the possibilities surrounding purely regenerative farming practices. A multidisciplinary group discussion was held to incorporate expert knowledge and producer experience on possible production scenarios concerning various purely regenerative farming practices. The concept of the typical farm was applied as a theoretical tool to simulate various production scenarios that CA-like farming systems in the Western Rûens homogenous farming area may face when converting to purely regenerative farming practices. A whole farm multi-period budget model was constructed based on information collected by a local business, during the group discussion and various direct communications.

Présentation

Version intégrale (2,7 Mb)

Page publiée le 6 juin 2022