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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 ?
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