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Assessing learning regimes leading to sustainable intensification at the farm level: a new perspective for management assistance for family farms

Toillier Aurélie, Baudoin Alice, Chia Eduardo. 2014. Assessing learning regimes leading to sustainable intensification at the farm level: a new perspective for management assistance for family farms. In : 11th European IFSA Symposium, "Farming systems facing global challenges: Capacities and strategies", 1- 4 April 2014 in Berlin, Germany.. Eds. Thomas Aenis, Andrea Knierim, aja-Catrin Riecher, Rebecka Ridder, Heike Schobert, Holger Fischer ; IFSA. s.l. : s.n., pp. 385-395. European IFSA Symposium. 11, Berlin, Allemagne, 1 April 2014/4 April 2014.

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Abstract : To help design advisory approaches tailored to farmers' needs, we propose to highlight the different learning processes that lead to more sustainable farms. To this end, we have defined the concept of 'learning regime' as the set of mechanisms that are triggers for and lead to the acquisition of new knowledge and skill s, allowing the head of the farm to improve his production and management methods. This concept has been tested in the cotton-growing basin of Bobo-Dioulasso in 30 farms considered innovative in five technical areas related to environmental sustainability. The results show that there are four different types of regimes (transformer-observer, reactive-networker, optimizer-self-reliant and imitator-dependent). These results call into question the assumption of homogeneity of farmers' capacities to change their routines to acquire new skills and know-how. However, give n that the nature of technical changes implemented is heavily influenced by the informational context in which the producer operates, supporting the learning of sustainability calls into question, in particular, the ability to empower farmers' vis-à-vis this context. While this work's contributions are currently mainly conceptual and methodological, it opens up new perspectives to improve processes and tools to support the emergence of a more sustainable agriculture . (Résumé d'auteur)

Classification Agris : E20 - Organization, administration and management of agricultural enterprises or farms
C20 - Extension
E14 - Development economics and policies
E80 - Home economics, industries and crafts
F01 - Crop husbandry

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Toillier Aurélie, CIRAD-ES-UMR INNOVATION (BFA)
  • Baudoin Alice, Montpellier SupAgro (FRA)
  • Chia Eduardo, CIRAD-ES-UMR INNOVATION (FRA)

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