Serious games to explore uncertainty of future farms

Fisher J., Farré Imma, Dray Anne, Khimashia Nirav, Perez Pascal. 2012. Serious games to explore uncertainty of future farms. In : Proceedings of 16th Agronomy Conference 2012 "Capturing Opportunities and Overcoming Obstacles in Australian Agronomy", Armidale, New South Wales, 14-18th October 2012. I. Yunusa. s.l. : s.n., 6 p. Australian Agronomy Conferences. 16, Armidale, Australie, 14 October 2012/18 October 2012.

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Abstract : We produced an interactive farm game for use in workshops conducted with farmers, grower group staff, advisers and researchers. The workshops aimed to explore possible consequences of combinations of future management, land-use options and climatic factors in a no-risk, virtual manner. The game workshop was conducted with 52 participants at five locations across the wheatbelt of Western Australia. Seventy-four per cent of participants considered that the workshop helped them to consider options that would be useful on their farms. While acknowledging the simplifications inherent in a game, participants considered that much of the 'game-play' reflected their real decision-making. The opportunity to hear the decision-making of others, and to observe the effects, was of particular value. These findings illustrate the potential for the game-workshop approach to explore complexity in dimension, time and space and, particularly, to identify information needs for farmers in a specific region. They also highlight the decisions that would be made on farm in the absence of constraints of time, capital and logistics. (Résumé d'auteur)

Classification Agris : U30 - Research methods
C20 - Extension
P40 - Meteorology and climatology
E11 - Land economics and policies
E14 - Development economics and policies

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Fisher J.
  • Farré Imma, Western Australian Department of Agriculture (AUS)
  • Dray Anne, ANU (AUS)
  • Khimashia Nirav, CSIRO (AUS)
  • Perez Pascal, CIRAD-ES-UPR GREEN (AUS)

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