Innovation, a precondition for the sustainability of localized agrifood systems

Fournier Stéphane, Boucher François, Cerdan Claire, Ferré Thierry, Sautier Denis, Chabrol Didier, Bridier Bernard, Danflous Jean-Paul, Marie-Vivien Delphine, Robineau Ophélie. 2018. Innovation, a precondition for the sustainability of localized agrifood systems. In : Innovation and development in agricultural and food systems. Faure Guy (ed.), Chiffoleau Yuna (ed.), Goulet Frédéric (ed.), Temple Ludovic (ed.), Touzard Jean-Marc (ed.). Versailles : Ed. Quae, pp. 83-95. (Synthèses : Quae) ISBN 978-2-7592-2960-4

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Abstract : Small-scale food production and products of terroirs often evoke a traditional image, one of practices frozen in time, transmitted from generation to generation. The reality is however different: analyses show that localized agrifood systems (LAFS) have to innovate constantly in order to cope with internal changes (reduction in the capacity of coordination and collective action) and/or external ones (new constraints, or technical or commercial opportunities). Faced with this need to innovate, some systems are able to increase interactions between local and extra-local actors, leading to technical or organizational innovations. The LAFS concept makes it possible to shed more light on these collective and localized innovation processes than diffusionist schemes do, and to also show the way to support them.

Classification Agris : Q01 - Food science and technology - General aspects
E21 - Agro-industry
E70 - Trade, marketing and distribution
E10 - Agricultural economics and policies

Champ stratégique Cirad : Axe 3 (2014-2018) - Alimentation durable

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Fournier Stéphane, Montpellier SupAgro (FRA)
  • Boucher François, IICA (MEX)
  • Sautier Denis, CIRAD-ES-UMR INNOVATION (FRA) ORCID: 0000-0003-1615-5747
  • Chabrol Didier
  • Bridier Bernard, CIRAD-ES-UMR INNOVATION (FRA)
  • Danflous Jean-Paul, CIRAD-ES-UMR INNOVATION (REU)
  • Marie-Vivien Delphine, CIRAD-ES-UMR INNOVATION (VNM) ORCID: 0000-0003-3981-969X
  • Robineau Ophélie

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