Welfare and support services for farm families

  • 102 pages

  • Published: 1 May 2002

  • Author(s): Stayner, Richard, Barclay, Elaine

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During the periodic crises in the farm sector such as those arising from extreme climatic events or commodity price collapse, the acute financial condition of many farm businesses create stresses that can have severe consequences for the well-being of farm families. At such times, it is not clear that the programs, services and agencies that are in place to respond to the welfare needs of farm people are adequate to the task. The period following the extended drought of the 1990s offered an opportunity to review these services and to learn from the experiences of the farm people who used them.