Local inter-farm cooperation: A hidden potential for the agroecological transition in northern agricultures

Véronique Lucas*, Pierre Gasselin, Jan Douwe van der Ploeg

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Abstract

In the Global North, local inter-farm cooperation offers opportunities for farmers to better access and manage equipment, labor and material resources. Yet, its potential to pave the way to organize the local collaborations needed for the agroecological transition remains hidden. This paper, based on the experience of French farm machinery cooperatives (CUMA), shows how local inter-farm cooperation can help make farming systems more agroecological. We conclude by arguing that local inter-farm cooperation warrants more attention, both to help strengthen its development and to expand its potential for contributing to the agroecological transition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)145-179
JournalAgroecology and Sustainable Food Systems
Volume43
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Feb 2019

Keywords

  • agroecology
  • CUMA
  • farmers’ cooperation
  • Local inter-farm cooperation
  • machinery cooperatives
  • sharing arrangements

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