Agricultural structural transformations and contributions to sustainable development

Bosc Pierre-Marie, Bélières Jean-François, George Hubert, Even Marie-Aude. 2012. Agricultural structural transformations and contributions to sustainable development. In : Producing and reproducing farming systems: New modes of organization for sustainable food systems of tomorrow : Book of abstract of the 10th European IFSA Symposium. IFSA. Vienne : IFSA, Résumé, p. 27. European IFSA Symposium. 10, Aarhus, Danemark, 1 July 2012/4 July 2012.

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Abstract : In a given area, different forms of farming (from small-scale family farming to large-scale enterprises) contribute and respond differently to global challenges such as food insecurity, employment, poverty, climate change and biodiversity. Rapid structural changes are happening (for instance land holding size and tenure, use of hired labor, increasing reliance on finance and market integration) but little is known about their impacts. Ongoing agricultural investments have triggered policy debate on the relevance and effects of different business models, and access to knowledge of these is crucial for all stakeholders to be included in policy dialogue. Given the variety and complexity of ongoing transformations, policy debate at national and international levels should be supported by novel approaches for assessing and monitoring this phenomenon. This approach should at least account for the diverse forms of farming systems; the multiple sectors with which they interact at food chain, territorial and global levels; and impacts on ecosystem services spanning environmental, economic and social dimensions. This paper presents a short review of the literature on agricultural structural change and discusses options to characterize different patterns of change, as compared to that which took place in developed countries in the second half of the 20th century. It proposes an analytical framework to monitor and evaluate these changes in order to improve policies through an assessment of the contributions of different types of farm organizations to sustainable development. In a given territory, and in the relatively long term, transformations can be described at least partly, by the changes in farm types. These structural changes are the result from strategies implemented at farm level to adapt to changing economic and environmental contexts. (Texte integral)

Classification Agris : E10 - Agricultural economics and policies
E20 - Organization, administration and management of agricultural enterprises or farms
E14 - Development economics and policies
E90 - Agrarian structure

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Bosc Pierre-Marie, CIRAD-ES-UMR MOISA (FRA)
  • Bélières Jean-François, CIRAD-ES-UMR ART-DEV (ITA) ORCID: 0000-0002-8399-9045
  • George Hubert, FAO (ITA)
  • Even Marie-Aude, FAO (ITA)

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