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Rural Seuca August 2010. Seminar « Small farms ». A collaboration between research and civil society France, 22nd-23rd of January, 2009. Who and why ?. The goal.  Knowing and recognising small farms. The partnership. National research institute for agriculture.

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Seminar small farms

Rural Seuca August 2010

Seminar « Small farms »

A collaboration between research and civil society

France, 22nd-23rd of January, 2009


Who and why

Who and why ?

  • The goal

 Knowing and recognising small farms

  • The partnership

National research institute for agriculture

Confédération paysanne :

A French syndicate involved in the promotion of peasant-like farming systems


Aim of the seminar

Aim of the seminar

  • The operating modes and the diversity of the small-scale farms remain badly-known.

  • Some researchers however work on these subjects, while some peasants do experiment and analyse daily those systems.

  • The aim of this seminar was to develop more common and in-deep analysis.


Why initiating such a partnership

Why initiating such a partnership ?

  • Re-mobilising the scientific community around the problematic of small farms

  • Initiating and encouraging innovative researches and debate

  • Allow the syndicate of peasant-like farmers “Confédération paysanne” to situate and know the researchers actually working on those subjects

  • Defining common problematics between farmers and researchers

For researchers


Why initiating such a partnership1

Why initiating such a partnership ?

  • Re-mobilising the scientific community around the problematic of small farms

  • Initiating and encouraging innovative researches and debate

  • Allow the syndicate of peasant-like farmers “Confédération paysanne” to situate and know the researchers actually working on those subjects

  • Defining common problematics between farmers and researchers

For farmers


Some of the trends raised

Some of the trends raised

  • The small farmers are facing some difficulties :

    • Competition for access to land

    • Weak representation within the professional sphere

    • Uncertainties related to their social security system (“cotisant solidaire” = uncertain statute)

    • Sanitary rules not adapted to smaller farms ; higher spendings to reach the norms regarding to the small scale of the farms

    • Farming systems presented as non viable by official institutions

  • The “small farms” however contribute to dynamism of rural territories.


Research questions raised

Research questions raised

  • Are those small farms contributing to change the relationship between society and agriculture ?

  • How do they renew the combination of activities ? How do they reveal some new aspects of diversification ?

  • How are they specifically raising some more general issues as vulnerability, fragility, resilience and flexibility ?

  • … How many are they ? Which reliable statistical data ?


Thank you for your attention

Thank you for your attention !


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