The spikes in food prices experienced in 2007-2008, and in 2010-2011, demonstrate the importance of productive agricultural sectors, and the opportunities for countries such as Australia with a competitive advantage in that sector. Natural resource management, including biosecurity, and agricultural policy will help determine Australia’s role in future global food markets.

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Towards productive agricultural sectors

Frontier has experience applying economic principles across a range of problems in areas as diverse as R&D program evaluations, biosecurity program evaluations (locusts and equine influenza), beef industry mergers, resource rent policies, and economic consequences of water carryover decisions. A feature of these projects has been our ability to use innovative approaches, adapt available data and collaborate with industry experts to populate conventional economic assessment frameworks.

Frontier has also recently assisted clients with trade policy analysis, agricultural commodity market analysis, the analysis of the institutional arrangements for provision of rural research and development, and biosecurity. We have also assisted clients in the reform of rural land use planning policies and the development of a soil health policy framework.

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