Agritrop
Home

Participatory multicriteria assessment of maize cropping systems in the context of family farmers in the Brazilian Cerrado

Valadares Xavier Jose Humberto, Conill Gomes Mário, Sacco dos Anjos Flávio, Scopel Eric, Da Silva Fernando Antonio Macena, Corbeels Marc. 2020. Participatory multicriteria assessment of maize cropping systems in the context of family farmers in the Brazilian Cerrado. International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability, 18 (5) : pp. 410-426.

Journal article ; Article de recherche ; Article de revue à facteur d'impact
[img] Version Online first - Anglais
Access restricted to CIRAD agents
Use under authorization by the author or CIRAD.
596255.pdf

Télécharger (3MB) | Request a copy
[img] Published version - Anglais
Access restricted to CIRAD agents
Use under authorization by the author or CIRAD.
596255-ed.pdf

Télécharger (3MB) | Request a copy

Abstract : Conservation agriculture (CA) is recognized as a promising crop management strategy for sustainable agricultural intensification. The objective of this study was to evaluate CA cropping systems for rainfed maize as an alternative to the traditional tillage-based cropping systems (CT) in the context of family farms, using a multi-criteria model that represents the point of view of farmers. Farmers considered several aspects for evaluating the cropping systems, thatwere systematized in the model through five criteria (with sub-criteria): (a) costs; (b) yield; (c) labour; (d) human health and environment; and (e) production risks. CA did not differ from CT for the 'costs' criterion but was superior for the 'yield' and 'labour' criteria. In contrast, CT obtained better ratings for the criteria 'human health and environment' and 'production risks'. Considering all criteria, CA was better appraised than CT. However, a new local policy measure that subsidizes the hiring of mechanized tillage services overturns this outcome, indicating the importance of exogenous factors. Overall, the participatory processes in building the model allowed us to better understand the reasons of adoption or non-adoption of CA by small-scale farmers in the tropics.

Mots-clés Agrovoc : Zea mays, Système de culture, agriculture de conservation, Culture sous couvert végétal, agriculture familiale, Exploitation agricole familiale, Analyse multivariée

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : Brésil

Mots-clés libres : Conservation agriculture, Cropping system, Maize, Multi-criteria analysis, Smallholder farms

Classification Agris : F07 - Soil cultivation
E80 - Home economics and crafts

Champ stratégique Cirad : CTS 2 (2019-) - Transitions agroécologiques

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Valadares Xavier Jose Humberto, EMBRAPA (BRA) - auteur correspondant
  • Conill Gomes Mário, Universidade federal de Pelotas (BRA) - auteur correspondant
  • Sacco dos Anjos Flávio, Universidade federal de Pelotas (BRA)
  • Scopel Eric, CIRAD-PERSYST-UPR AIDA (FRA) ORCID: 0000-0003-2938-6587
  • Da Silva Fernando Antonio Macena, EMBRAPA (BRA)
  • Corbeels Marc, CIRAD-PERSYST-UPR AIDA (KEN)

Source : Cirad-Agritrop (https://agritrop.cirad.fr/596255/)

View Item (staff only) View Item (staff only)

[ Page générée et mise en cache le 2021-04-08 ]