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Changing European Farming Systems for a Better Future

  • Changing European Farming Systems for a Better Future

Changing European Farming Systems for a Better Future

Hans Langeveld and Niels Röling

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Author(s): Hans Langeveld and Niels Röling

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Changes in market organisation, climatic conditions and societal demands on food quality, animal welfare and environmental quality have created new conditions for farming families as well as for researchers and policy makers. New social, technical and economic solutions are needed for farming and rural areas. This book presents new perspectives for farms, farm products and rural areas, many of which were collectively developed by coalitions of farmers, farmer representatives, researchers, civilians and/or policy makers.

Contributions are made from those involved in crop and animal production worldwide offering sections on natural resources management, development of sustainable rural systems, future perspectives for farming families, knowledge systems in transition and learning processes in multi-stakeholder processes. This unique collection of contributions, presenting insights from bio-physical as well as social sciences, shows where practice meets analysis and reflection and offers new perspectives for rural areas throughout the world.

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Author Hans Langeveld and Niels Röling
Availability In Print
Dimensions Unknown
Extent 480 pp
ISBN 9789086860029
Publication date 2006
Book Type Hardcover



General introduction 

How sustainable can agriculture be in an EU-scenario of free market & social policy? 

Section 1 – Learning as a process
  • Introduction to section 1 – Learning as a process: Understanding one’s role in the new learning demands of multifunctional land use systems, working with different actors, tools and scales
  • Where do participatory approaches meet social learning systems in the context of environmental decision making?
  • The action researcher as a reflective partner to a core group
  • New futures for traditional regions: A dairy farming systems response to regional development in Australia
  • Learning from participatory research with organic farmers in the UK and Sweden
  • Setting a research agenda to support change in agriculture: Learning processes, stakeholder participation, R&D policy making
  • Sustainable rural development and communicative learning
  • Landscapes and sugar boxes for learning in rural areas management
  • Farmer stable schools: A fruitful way for Danish organic dairy farmers with the goal to phase out antibiotics from their herds
  • The changing perception of expert advice in nature conservation: A case of the Drentsche Aa
  • Lessons learned about instigating change towards an AKIS/RD in Brandenburg, Germany
  • Building the capacity of the Australian dairy RD&E continuum: How do we create a learning platform?
  • The learning potential of farmers´ market
  • Project setup and learning processes in participative systems oriented research initiatives
  • Constructing new appreciative frameworks: Self inspiring from multi-agent systems
  • Labor market competencies and agricultural extension and education undergraduates
  • Building effective learning networks among researchers and stakeholders in the Danish context
  • Use of the nutrient cycle tool in developing sustainable dairy production systems
Section 2 – Agriculture, land use and sustainable development
  • Introduction to section 2 – Agriculture, land use and sustainable development
  • Towards sustainable farming: Regional pilots on changing land use under the European Water Framework Directive
  • Sustainable dairy farming systems for a deregulated market in northern Australia
  • Network analysis of farming and non-farming activities for sustainable development
  • Local organizations in the Douro-Duero region of Portugal and Spain: Towards a pluralistic local animation system
  • Is there a place for small-scale production and local food systems?
  • Marvão polyculture mosaic‘s fate: Searching the way for a rural area in transition
  • Organic manure availability, food security and poverty relationships at farm level in the old cotton basin of Mali
  • Modelling environmental benefits of silvoarable agroforestry in Europe
  • Biomass production, transformation and allocation at the village scale in Southern Mali: Development of a conceptual model
  • Institutions for anthropogenic nature: Case study from Brabant
  • The construction of a coherent vision for territorial development
  • Urban oriented agriculture: The case of Almere (The Netherlands)
  • The contribution of non-farm small-medium enterprises to rural development
  • Agrobiodiversity as driving force of sustainable rural development
  • Reconnecting conservation & livelihood objectives through non-timber forest product certification
  • Socio-cultural issues of dairy production systems in the Netherlands: Results of farm visits with six citizen panels
  • Socio-cultural values of Dutch dairy systems: Case study in the Krimpenerwaard and the Alblasserwaard on farm and landscape level
  • Carbon stocks in smallholder agroecosystems in Malawi: A farming systems approach
  • Evaluation of landscape preferences of Montado in southern Portugal as a contribution for management
  • Towards a dairy system that produces more than milk
  • Organic and integrated farming systems in Greece: A comparative analysis
  • The socioeconomic integration of expatriates in the rural prefecture of Rodopi, Greece
  • Rural policy in Europe: Experiences with the LEADER approach in the Netherlands
  • Sustainable development in Polish agriculture: Main streams and development directions
Section 3 – The future of farming
  • Introduction to section 3 – The future of farming
  • Farmer relationship to nature conservation and biodiversity
  • Future prospects of the average Norwegian farm
  • Diversity of women’s role and motivation in Norwegian farms
  • Multifunctional farms and rural development: A study of four Swedish rural areas
  • What is the future for farming inside the agri-food chain?
  • Farming systems under saline conditions
  • How do dairy farmers face work problems? Some elements about the adaptation of the technical systems in Central France
  • Can family farmers be understood as adaptive managers?
  • Interests and policies for becoming farmers: The case of young women farmers in Greece
  • Exploring the multifunctional role of farming systems
  • The labour organization of small-scale breeders in the Brazilian Amazon is a key point for sustainable development
  • Commercial flexibility of beef cattle farms
  • How are European farmers dealing with global environmental changes?
  • The future of farming in Norway: Processes of recruitment and intergenerational transitions
  • Farmers’ new participation in food supply chains: Making horizontal and vertical progress by networking
  • Working conditions: A challenge for sustainability of mountain family farming systems diagnosis at farm level and responses designed by farmers in the Alps
  • What technical changes are needed for traditional dairy farming systems in less favoured regions?
  • Structure and operation of small scale farming in the oasis in southern Algeria
  • Developing organic farming in Norway through systemic action research
  • Farming styles and the future of pig farming in Midi Pyrenees
  • Transformation of livestock farming in Cameroon: Changes in breeding practices and evolution of farmer profiles
  • Farming future in China: Has time come for financial transfers?
  • Rural transport and development: Case of the agro-pastors of the djebel Amour (Algeria)
  • The LIFESCAPE approach: Identity and landscape as an incentive for economic development
  • The influence of climatic and socio-economic conditions on farm performance in Europe
  • Greek agricultural sector: Facing the challenges
  • It Frysk Boerespul: Historical farmhouses with modern agrarian functions
Section 4 – Agricultural knowledge and innovation systems in transition
  • Introduction to section 4 – Agricultural knowledge and innovation systems in transition
  • Farming with future: Implementation of sustainable agriculture through a network of stakeholders
  • Knowledge development for weed management in organic farm systems in the UK
  • Social construction of knowledge: A leading perspective in a participatory research training programme in Santa Catarina, Brazil
  • Participative approaches and extension practices towards sustainable agriculture: A methodological approach based on sociology of translation
  • Creating a Nordic regional research network in agroecology: Links to MSc education
  • Extension as a knowledge partner in farming systems research: Early lessons from “FutureDairy” Australia
  • Technological innovation in extension services and institutional change: Learning from a historical comparison between France and the Netherlands
  • (Re)-innovating tools for decision-support in the light of farmers’ various strategies
  • New knowledge arrangements in the Dutch agro-ecological innovation system: Tensions between privatisation and innovation discourses
  • Immaterial resources: A new concept to formalize information mobilized by beef cattle farmers in their husbandry activity
  • Farming systems and its cousins: Including and transcending to make a difference
  • How to lay the golden eggs? Experiences from collaboration between industry and research in socially accepted poultry meat production in The Netherlands
  • ”Ownership” in trans-disciplinary projects
  • Coupling goal-based modelling to farm innovation
  • Chances of success in investing all AKIS/RD’s efforts in informal linkages under privatised extension conditions
  • Improving leaders’ skills and competencies: The challenge for farming systems in the beginning of the millennium
  • Intermediate roles in privatised extension systems: The Dutch case
  • The development of a monitoring method for innovation projects
  • Applied research for organic dairy farming
Section 5 – Management of natural resources
  • Introduction to section 5 – Management of natural resources
  • Can earth observation technology improve efficient water use in irrigation systems? A case study of an irrigation scheme in Chaves
  • Supporting discussions on land use: A design instrument that integrates nature conservation, economic performance and landscape quality in agricultural areas
  • Nutrient recycling potential of linked components in wetland and rainfed farming systems of western zone of Tamil Nadu, India
  • Improving natural resource management by “thinking industry and acting regionally”: Introduction and successes of dairy Australia’s multi-scaled natural resource management strategy
  • New ways in the management and valorisation of natural resources? Results of a comparative analysis of a sample of agriculture-environment projects of the Regional Action pilot programme in Germany
  • Activating farmers’ interests: Action research for biodiversity conservation and enhancement in Brandenburg
  • Structural development in Danish agriculture and its implications for farmland nature
  • The livestock commodity chain: A lever for monitoring pioneer dynamics in the Brazilian Amazon Region?
  • Re-inventing sustainable cropping systems in Costa Chica, Mexico
  • Differentiation of territories according to the location of agricultural activities: Methods for regional scale approaches
  • Opportunities and constraints of farming styles to meet the landscape preferences of rural inhabitants
  • Farmer-driven protection of meadow birds in the Friesian Woodlands (northern Netherlands)
  • Linking landowner type and landscape functions: A proposal for an integrated approach from southeast Portugal
  • Why and how design monitoring processes of farmer practices in European landscape?
  • Interactive Technology Assessment: The ideal and the unruly practice
  • Farmer’s choice and land productivity between direct seeding and transplanting in rainfed lowlands in Northeast Thailand and Northwest Cambodia
  • Improving nitrogen management on arable farms in a participative project in The Netherlands
  • Analysing the link between technical practices and social organisations: The example of a French rare breed management set up, the “Landais” sheep breed
Final section – Perspectives for participative systems oriented research
  • Introduction to final section – Perspectives for participative systems oriented research
  • A Farmer Field School approach for learning and exchanging knowledge on animal health and production: Results from action research in Kenya, Uganda, Vietnam and Denmark
  • Author index

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