The three year Bridging the Yield Gap (BYG) project (2010-2012) aimed to improve the productivity of the rains sector by assisting grain growers to lift the profitability of their business.
BYG assisted growers to do this by helping them to identify what drives the profitability of their business, develop robust plans (short and long term) that address the limitations on the profitability of their business, put these plans into action, follow through and measure progress.
The BYG project developed a new way for DAFWA to engage with growers. It focused on improving business profitability and had three key components.
Component One - bringing like-minded growers together to work cooperatively on improving their farm businesses. The groups (Local Innovation Partnerships) provided peer support and accountability as well as a business improvement framework.
Component Two - develop a profit focusing tool and a process to apply it so the more significant profitability improvements can be more easily identified. This process aims to improve the capacity of growers to focus on what drives the profitability of farm businesses.
Component three - use modern information technologies to make it easier for people to access the information and expertise they need. We have developed a new website with advanced capabilities to delivering information and connect people in a manner that is useful to growers and consultants.
The types of activities BYG pursued to achieve increased profitability and productivity in the grains sector included:
- Conducting training courses, workshops, developing financial tools and improving information exchange in order to build the skills and ability of growers to make decisions in business management and financial analysis.
- Creating and facilitating small local groups of motivated growers that want to focus on farm management and profitability. These Local Innovation Partnerships use Continuous Improvement and Innovation (a proven and disciplined approach) to develop, plan, implement and monitor improvements to their farm business.
- Facilitating better interaction between growers, their peers and specialists to ensure plans are accurate, are followed through and that new innovative solutions to local problems can be generated.