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Wagneingen University (2009)

Development of a spatial planning support system for agricultural policy formulation related to land and water resources in Borkhar & Meymeh district, Iran

Bansouleh Bahman Farhadi

Titre : Development of a spatial planning support system for agricultural policy formulation related to land and water resources in Borkhar & Meymeh district, Iran

Auteur : Bahman Farhadi Bansouleh

Université de soutenance : Wagneingen University

Grade : PhD thesis 2009

In this study, a system was developed to support agricultural planners and policy makers in land resource analysis, policy formulation, identification of possible policy measures and policy impact analysis. The research is part of a larger programme, aiming at development of a model system to support agricultural policy formulation at national level. The current study focused on methodology development and its implementation in Borkhar & Meymeh district in Esfahan province, Iran. The system comprises three main components, i.e. resource analysis, policy impact assessment and policy evaluation. The biophysical resource analysis was carried out using CGMS, the Crop Growth Monitoring System which includes WOFOST, a generic crop growth simulation model. This model simulates growth of annual crops in the potential and water-limited production situations, based on daily weather data, crop characteristics and soil physical characteristics. For this purpose, crop characteristics of winter wheat and winter barley were calibrated based on research data from the agro-meteorological research center of Kaboutar Abad, Esfahan, Iran. Crop characteristics of silage maize, sugar beet, sunflower and potato were calibrated based on yields of the best agricultural producers in the region. For the weather stations in which solar radiation was not measured, it was estimated from sunshine-hours or temperature, using empirical relations. A sensitivity analysis on method of solar radiation estimation was carried out to test model performance in terms of simulated crop yield and water requirements for winter barley and sugar beet as representatives of winter and summer crops, respectively. Results of this analysis showed that the maximum difference in simulated crop yield based on estimated and measured solar radiation is less than 10%. CGMS was used for land resource analysis at the regional (district) scale. The potentially suitable area for agriculture in the district was identified and classified into 128 homogenous units (referred to in this study as Elementary Mapping Units, EMU) in terms of soil, weather and administrative unit. For each EMU, soil physical characteristics were derived from available soil maps and soil analyses reports. Daily weather characteristics (maximum and minimum temperature, vapor pressure, wind speed, rainfall, and solar radiation) were generated for the centre of each EMU by interpolation of daily weather data of 33 weather stations, located in and around the district. CGMS was then modified to allow calculation of irrigated crop yields. Yields of major crops and water requirements per decade were simulated using CGMS for three irrigation regimes (full irrigation, 20% and 40% deficit irrigation). Fertilizer requirements for the three macro-nutrients, nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, for each level of crop production were estimated based on soil chemical characteristics, crop yields and nutrient content in economic crop products and crop residues. An alternative methodology was developed for spatial estimation of crop yields, water and fertilizer requirements of crops (alfalfa, melon, watermelon, and colza) that could not be simulated by CGMS, either because of model limitations or lack of data for model calibration. The ratio of current and potential crop yields, referred to as production efficiency, was used as an indicator of management ability of farmers and was used in farm classification. The policy formulation process consists of three steps : i) selection of policy objectives, ii) identification of policy instruments and iii) assessment and analysis of their impacts. In this study, policy objectives and relevant policy instruments were derived from the latest agricultural development documents. A model was developed to assess the impacts of policy instruments and another model for analysis of these impacts from different perspectives. As reactions of farmers to policy instruments may be different, depending on their socioeconomic situation and the biophysical characteristics of their land, a planning (modelling) unit was defined, homogenous in terms of biophysical and socioeconomic characteristics. For this purpose, farms belonging to each of the agricultural production systems (e.g., traditional, cooperative and agroindustrial) were classified into farm types, based on land and water availability, overall production efficiency and average net income per ha. These farm types were combined with land units to form the basic units of analysis, i.e. farm type-land units (FTLU), homogenous in terms of biophysical potential, as well as in resource endowments and management ability of farmers. A distributed linear programming model was developed to assess policy impacts by simulating the response of the various farm types to specific policy instruments. This model is optimizing a utility function, composed of a combination of net income and production cost, subject to various constraints at different spatial scales (e.g., farm type-land unit, farm type, village, and subdistrict). The model was validated based on the conditions of the year 2002-03 by comparing simulated crop yields and total crop production in Borkhar subdistrict with detailed agricultural census data. Indicators, representing the effect/impact of policy instruments on economic, social, and environmental objectives of various stakeholders were selected and quantified in a post-model analysis.

Mots clés : physical planning / agricultural policy / agricultural development / simulation models / iran / system development / system innovation / policy research


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