| || || Agriculture -- Economic aspects -- Fiji -- Nadroga Province|
| || || Framework for spatial economic analysis of rural agricultural land for land use decisions : targeting representative farms at Nadroga Province, Fiji Islands|
Author: Ben, Chethna
Institution: University of the South Pacific.
Subject: Land use, Rural -- Economic aspects -- Fiji -- Nadroga Province , Agriculture -- Economic aspects -- Fiji -- Nadroga Province, Farms -- Economic aspects -- Fiji -- Nadroga Province
Call No.: Pac HD 1126 .B46 2015
Copyright:Under 10% of this thesis may be copied without the authors written permission
Abstract: One of the primary goals of the Fiji 2020 agriculture sector policy agenda framework is to ‘Establish a diversified and economically and environmentally sustainable agriculture economic in Fiji’. Spatial economic tools have been used to assist in analytical modelling and one significant area that can be addressed using this modelling is rural agriculture land allocation. In planning for rural agriculture land use, consideration needs to give to the question land characteristics and capability to produce crops suitable to the economic and geographic environment. It is also important that the markets for produce be analysed to establish that returns are favourable and support investment. National planning of land use based on spatial criteria analysis of the suitability of a particular crop is a fresh topic. Previously agriculture analysis in Fiji has been based on soil surveys and on a simple assessment by government agencies recommending the best crop to grow. There is a large amount of data on Fijian agricultural land and its use, most of this data is hand-written and un-collated. Work must be done to convert raw data to a form which allows it to be actively utilized in the decision making process. There is a substantial gap in the data on local and export market volumes and on downstream potential for value added processing of agricultural production. A comprehensive analysis of market data, in order to validate the model, is not within the scope of this thesis. The research makes use of surveys and case studies to prepare a framework for connecting spatial allocation of demand/supply mechanisms to the biophysical and socio-economic environment. The research question is “Can spatial economic modeling be used to evaluate and substantiate land use planning decisions in the Fiji Islands agricultural sector?” This thesis will show that spatial economic modelling of agricultural land use can provide a valuable platform for decision making by enhancing our understanding of the relationship between resources, people and activities; and this thesis will show how spatial analysis of the economic and physical environment can assist agricultural land use decision-making. It has applied basic model parameters to the study area of representative farms in Nadroga province, using selected crops like pawpaw, pineapple, sugarcane, cassava and dalo as examples. The research is limited to an explanation of the theories and procedures but modelling and the application of spatial economic analysis can be used to achieve variety of objectives. These further applications are beyond the scope of this thesis.