Re-design and co-design of farming systems. An overview of methods in practices

J.M. Meynard, B. Dedieu, A.P. Bos

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    Abstract

    Agriculture is considered to be responsible for environmental degradation. At the same time, the demands for food and non-food products are increasing and the contribution of agriculture to a sustainable development of territories is at stake. All these elements require a shift towards new production systems. In line with Farming Systems Research, farmers and other stakeholders cannot be considered as recipients of inventions, but are actors of innovation processes. We present definitions and applications on how the design of innovative farming systems can be organised. Two approaches, i.e. ‘de novo’ and ‘step-by-step’ design, are described. Innovative design must mobilize a collective and distributed intelligence. We present concrete examples of interactive design processes either with heterogeneous stakeholders or with extension and public bodies, as well as the methodologies that support these processes.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationFarming systems research into the 21st century: the new dynamic
    EditorsI. Darnhofer, D. Gibbon, B. Dedieu
    Place of PublicationNew York
    PublisherSpringer
    Pages405-429
    ISBN (Print)9789400745025
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2012

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