Multi-scale integrated assessment of regional conversion to Organic Farming (OF)

Lopez-Ridaura Santiago, Delmotte Sylvestre, Le Page Christophe, Le Quéré Laure, Goulevant Gaël, Chauvelon Philippe, Sandoz Alain, Mouret Jean Claude. 2014. Multi-scale integrated assessment of regional conversion to Organic Farming (OF). In : Organic farming, prototype for sustainable agricultures. Stéphane Bellon, Servane Penvern (eds.). Dordrecht : Springer, pp. 453-466. ISBN 978-94-007-7926-6

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Abstract : Is the regional conversion to Organic Farming (OF) possible? What could be the consequences at different scales in terms of social and economic development as well as nature conservation? Taking the heterogeneity of farms and farming systems in the region into accom1t, are there farmers more prone to conversion and others that face greater obstacles? The objective of this paper is to shed light on some of these question by presenting the results of a scenario assessment carried out with regard to the extension of OF in the Camargue region in southern France. The application of different modelling approaches with great potential for the multi-scale and multi-criteria evaluation of the extension of OF is presented: bio-economic models, agent-based models and land-use/cover change models. According to our results, the most probable conversion in the near future in the Camargue would take place in fields with low salt pressure that belong to livestock breeders and diversified cereal producers. However, the regional conversion to OF is plausible since the region could maintain its economic productivity while decreasing potential hamlful impacts on the environment. Finally, the possible conversion trajectories suggest that certain farmers (specialised in rice production) might need greater assistance to ensure such conversion to OF since their economic performance would be hampered during that period. The application of these three approaches to explore the same scenario in one region revealed their complementarity for tackling the complex issue of regional conversion to OF from different angles. (Résumé d'auteur)

Mots-clés Agrovoc : Agriculture biologique, Adaptation de la production, Développement régional, Développement agricole, Oryza sativa, Modèle de simulation, Utilisation des terres, Analyse économique, Analyse de système, Étude de cas

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : France, Région méditerranéenne

Mots-clés complémentaires : Système multiagents

Mots-clés géographiques complémentaires : Camargue

Classification Agris : F08 - Cropping patterns and systems
E16 - Production economics
U30 - Research methods

Champ stratégique Cirad : Axe 1 (2014-2018) - Agriculture écologiquement intensive

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Lopez-Ridaura Santiago, INRA (FRA)
  • Delmotte Sylvestre, INRA (FRA)
  • Le Page Christophe, CIRAD-ES-UPR GREEN (FRA) ORCID: 0000-0002-1920-0091
  • Le Quéré Laure, INRA (FRA)
  • Goulevant Gaël, INRA (FRA)
  • Chauvelon Philippe, La Tour du Valat, Centre de recherche pour la conservation des zones humides méditerranéennes (FRA)
  • Sandoz Alain, La Tour du Valat, Centre de recherche pour la conservation des zones humides méditerranéennes (FRA)
  • Mouret Jean Claude, INRA (FRA)

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