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Measuring the full impact of climate hits

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Dr Rohan Nelson, ABARE"s principal natural resources economist and co-author of the report - "Forecasting the regional impact of climate variability on Australian crop farm incomes" - hopes it will allow climate policy advisers to develop guidelines for more timely and better targeted drought assistance... Dr Nelson says that climate data that has been collected around Australia for many years is not as useful on its own as when put into the context of how rural communities cope with adverse climate conditions... Dr Nelson says that since current drought policy is focused on enhancing the self-reliance of farmers, increasing the diversity of farm income sources could be one of the most effective policy options for reducing the vulnerability of farm households to climate variability...
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