Diversity of family farming around the World. Existence, transformations and possible futures of family farms

Bosc Pierre-Marie, Sourisseau Jean-Michel, Bonnal Vincent, Gasselin Pierre, Valette Elodie, Bélières Jean-François. 2018. Diversity of family farming around the World. Existence, transformations and possible futures of family farms. Cham : Springer, 340 p. ISBN 978-94-024-1616-9

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Abstract : This book aims at explaining the nature and strength of the links between the families and their farms looking at their diversity throughout the world. To do so, it documents family farming diversity by using the sustainable rural livelihood (SRL) framework exploring their ability to adapt and transform to changing environments. In 18 case studies in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe, it shows how family farms resist under adverse conditions, seize new opportunities and permanently transform. Family farms, far from being backwards are potential solutions to face the current challenges and shape a new future for agriculture taking advantage of their local knowledge and capacity to cope with external constraints. Many co-authors of the book have both an empirical and theoretical experience of family farming in developed and developing countries and their related institutions. They specify "what makes and means family" in family farming and the diversity of their expertise draws a wide and original picture of this resilient way of farming throughout the world.

Mots-clés Agrovoc : Exploitation agricole familiale, Système de culture, Étude de cas, Moyens d'existence, Connaissance indigène, Pays en développement, Petite exploitation agricole, Urbanisation, Migration urbaine, agriculture familiale

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : Monde

Mots-clés libres : Family farming, Diversity, Case study, Livelihood

Classification Agris : F08 - Cropping patterns and systems
E80 - Home economics and crafts
E14 - Development economics and policies
E50 - Rural sociology

Champ stratégique Cirad : Axe 5 (2014-2018) - Action publique pour le développement

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