Investigating workforce as a constraint on land-use changes
Project Details Ngā taipitopito
Collaborators Ngā haumi
MPI | Northland Inc | NZIER | Scarlatti
Labour shortages in the agrifood sector were highlighted when Covid-19 closed borders, but the underlying shortages go back further. For example, the conversion of sheep, beef, and arable farms to dairying in Southland and Canterbury created a demand for staff that exceeded regional workforce availability, requiring people from other regions and overseas.
Any proposed land-use change should consider the capacity of the available workforce.
With partners NZIER, MPI, and Northland Inc (the regional economic development agency for Northland), Scarlatti will investigate how regional workforce capacity affects the suitability of different land-use types, and strategies and interventions that could mitigate workforce constraints, such as counter-seasonal production.
The aim of the research is to incorporate information about the workforce implications of land-use change into existing and proposed tools that support land-use change decisions.