Review of National ‘Blueprints’ for Agriculture

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  • Published: 6 Oct 2012

  • Author(s): White, Lauren , Pearce, David

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This report reviews national blueprints developed for other countries to inform the farming sector and government in developing blueprints for Australian agriculture. This report is intended to inform the development of these plans through comparing and contrasting existing blueprints in order to identify what factors are expected to characterise a successful blueprint. The research incorporates approximately 20 blueprints that were identified through desk top analysis and consultation with stakeholders. The blueprints span a range of developed and developing country contexts including from less developed economies with different cost structures and attributes (such as India, China, South Africa and Brazil) that represent current or potential competitors of Australia. The plans also include those from developed economies and major competitors such as New Zealand (NZ), the European Union (EU), Canada and the United States (US). Importantly, all of the national plans identified were produced by Government entities as opposed to industry organisations or other groups. This review highlighted that Australia’s competitors are all providing extensive services to their agricultural sector. The nature of these services ranges from prescriptive to broad, from state centric to market orientated and from proactive to responsive. More extensive services to the Australian industry in some areas such as data collection services may be consistent with the objectives and approach to governance in Australia.