|Author:||Osgood, D. E.|
|Book Group Author:||NA|
This paper presents the public provision of information as a policy tool both for managing water use and for encouraging the development of the agricultural sector. It demonstrates that there is a theory-based justification for the use of public weather information systems as an environmental policy tool if the following two conditions hold: (1) agricultural production systems are information intensive; and (2) information has public good components. It is found that public provision of weather information can reduce wasted water and increase agricultural output and economic viability, providing a tool that simultaneously addresses concerns about development and the environment. Lessons learned from the impact of a weather information system in California are reinterpreted for a similar system in the developing country context of Mexico.
|Pages:||751 - 768|
|Journal:||Environment and Development Economics|
agricultural development, agricultural meteorology, economicviability, environmental policy, information services, irrigation water,precision agriculture, water management, water use, weather forecasting,California, Mexico, USA, Pacific States of USA, Western States of USA,USA, North America, America, Developed Countries, OECD Countries,Developing Countries, Threshold Countries, Latin America,agrometeorology, precision farming, site specific crop management,United States of America, water resource management, Information andDocumentation (CC300), Agricultural Economics (EE110), Natural ResourceEconomics (EE115) (New March 2000), Policy and Planning (EE120), SoilWater Management (Irrigation and Drainage) (JJ800) (Revised June 2002)[formerly Soil Water Management], Water Resources (PP200), Meteorologyand Climate (PP500)