Scientific coordinator
Jean-Michel Sourisseau
Cirad (UMR ART-Dev)

Agropolis International

Sylvie Albert

Mélanie Broin


"les dossiers d'Agropolis International"

"Family farming"
(n° 19 - May 2014- 64 pages)

Family farming - les dossiers d'Agropolis International, n° 19 - May 2013 - 64 pagesFamily farming research expertise in Languedoc-Roussillon

World agriculture is overwhelmingly dominated by family farming, which is the leading rural employment source and food provider. The 2014 International Year of Family Farming launched by the United Nations spotlights the importance of this system, providing an opportunity for the Agropolis International scientific community to showcase its high long-standing commitment to research on and for family farming.

The topics covered in this Dossier concern 21 research units based in Languedoc-Roussillon Region, involving over 1 000 researchers whose activities are fully or partially focused on addressing—in collaboration with many partners—major family farming challenges in France and worldwide.

The scientists have developed four multidisciplinary approaches to deal with family farming issues—these are designed to:

  • study economic, organizational and social dynamics related to family farming

  • investigate and develop tailored farming and livestock production systems to enhance sustainable agricultural production without upsetting rural communities and environments

  • manage natural resources and biodiversity, with family farms playing a key role

  • support farmers regarding innovations, resource management and the analysis of interactions between public policy and local and regional stakeholder dynamics.

This Dossier also underlines the activities of three Montpellier-based foreign and international research institutions that are highly involved in the development of smallholder farming in developing countries, in partnership with regional teams.

Finally, it summarizes degree and nondegree training-education programmes offered by Agropolis International member institutions.


2014 international year of family farmingThis Agropolis International Dossier is a contribution to the UN call for commitments to family farming within the framwork of


Scientific coordinator : Jean-Michel Sourisseau, Cirad (UMR ART-Dev)

Agropolis International coordination team : Sylvie Albert et Mélanie Broin

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Family Farming "les dossiers d'Agropolis" by Agropolis International

These thematic directories provide a global and easy to consult presentation of the laboratories, teams and research units of all the Agropolis intitutes involved in the given issue. They also provide information on the wide range of training sessions available.

One of the objectives of the series is to facilitate contacts for the development of exchanges and technical and scientific cooperations by a wider promotion of the community skills.


Update on 15/06/18

Scientific coordinator Prof.Véronique Bellon-Maurel
Deputy Director of Strategy and Research at IRSTEA, Director of the EcoTech-LR regional platform

Mélanie Broin - Agropolis International

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