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Étude des démarches des organismes stockeurs visant une agriculture durable

Abstract : The current agricultural model resulting from past evolutions has some limits, thus leading actors of the agricultural sector to reconsider their practices. Therefore, legumes are reconsidered in the designing of more sustainable cropping systems. So as to guide this transition, the crop storage entities (such as farmers’ cooperatives and trading organisations) could play a key role as they are able to mobilise a large number of growers thanks to their central position in the supply chain. This internship aims to better understand how the approaches for sustainability carried out by such actors work in field crops. The methodology is based on face to face interviews to analyse the processes and instruments which are mobilised, and to identify criteria for success – via the footprint of the approach – to progress towards more sustainable crop productions. Because such approaches are recent with few methods assessing their environmental benefits, this exercise is difficult. However the study proposes a series of components for such approaches and several analysis criteria, including the strategic or tactical nature of the approach, the existence of a structured and identified support plan, the degree of organisation and the ability for actors’ mobilisation. The results show a heterogeneity in the way to apply such approach among the surveyed organisations, which combine the use of coordination and/or support tools, from different existing instruments (regulatory, market…) and/or the development of their own plans. Thus, the approaches take on the concept of sustainability through several dimensions which are weighted according to each actor (or individual). They value the productions according to the challenges faced, in some cases by considering environmental benefits as an opportunity for differentiation.
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Émilie Montrone. Étude des démarches des organismes stockeurs visant une agriculture durable. Sciences du Vivant [q-bio]. 2015. ⟨dumas-01259579⟩

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