Family Farming and the Worlds to Come

  • Jean-Michel Sourisseau

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Jean-Michel Sourisseau
    Pages 1-7
  3. Defining and Understanding Family Farming

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-11
    2. Pierre-Marie Bosc, Jacques Marzin, Jean-François Bélières, Jean-Michel Sourisseau, Philippe Bonnal, Bruno Losch et al.
      Pages 37-55
    3. Véronique Ancey, Sandrine Fréguin-Gresh
      Pages 57-69
    4. Jacques Marzin, Benoît Daviron, Sylvain Rafflegeau
      Pages 71-89
  4. Helping to Feed the World and Territories to Live

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 91-93
    2. Laurène Feintrenie, François Affholder
      Pages 95-109
    3. Stéphanie Barral, Marc Piraux, Jean-Michel Sourisseau, Élodie Valette
      Pages 111-127
    4. Sylvain Rafflegeau, Bruno Losch, Benoît Daviron, Philippe Bastide, Pierre Charmetant, Thierry Lescot et al.
      Pages 129-144
    5. Pierre-Marie Bosc, Marc Piraux, Michel Dulcire
      Pages 145-160
  5. Meeting the Challenges of the Future

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 161-162
    2. Philippe Bonnal, Bruno Losch, Jacques Marzin, Laurent Parrot
      Pages 163-180
    3. Marie-Hélène Dabat, Denis Gautier, Laurent Gazull, François Pinta
      Pages 181-198
    4. Sophie Molia, Pascal Bonnet, Alain Ratnadass
      Pages 199-216
    5. Danièle Clavel, Laurène Feintrenie, Jean-Yves Jamin, Emmanuel Torquebiau, Didier Bazile
      Pages 217-232
  6. Research and the Challenges Facing Family Farming

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 233-235
    2. Eric Vall, Eduardo Chia
      Pages 237-253
    3. Guy Faure, Michel Havard, Aurélie Toillier, Patrice Djamen Nana, Ismail Moumouni
      Pages 255-265
    4. Sophie Molia, Pascal Bonnet, Alain Ratnadass
      Pages 267-283
    5. Danièle Clavel, Didier Bazile, Benoît Bertrand, Olivier Sounigo, Kirsten vom Brocke, Gilles Trouche
      Pages 285-300
    6. François Affholder, Laurent Parrot, Patrick Jagoret
      Pages 301-312
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 313-361

About this book


What is family farming? How can it help meet the challenges confronting the world? How can it contribute to a sustainable and more equitable development?

Not only is family farming the predominant form of agriculture around the world, especially so in developing countries, it is also the agriculture of the future. By declaring 2014 the “International Year of Family Farming,” the United Nations has placed this form of production at the center of debates on agricultural development. These debates are often reduced to two opposing positions. The first advocates the development of industrial or company agriculture, supposedly efficient because it follows industrial processes for market-oriented mass production. The second promotes the preservation of family farming with its close links between family and farm. The authors of this book wish to enrich the debates by helping overcome stereotypes ¬– which often manifest through the use of terms such as “small-scale farming, subsistence farming, peasant, etc.”

Research work has emphatically demonstrated the great adaptability of family farming systems and their ability to meet the major challenges of tomorrow but it has also not overlooked their limitations. The authors explore the choices facing society and possible development trajectories at national and international levels, and the contribution that agriculture will have to make. They call for a recommitment of public policies in favor of family farming in developing countries and stress the importance of planning actions targeted at and tailored to the family character of agricultural models. But, above all, they highlight the need to overcome strictly sectoral rationales, by placing family farming at the core of a broader economic and social project.

This book is the result of a collaborative effort led by CIRAD and encapsulates three decades of research on family farming. It will interest researchers, teachers and students, and all those involved in national and international efforts for the development of countries in the South.



Family farming agro-ecology biodiversity, employment rural development urbanization

Editors and affiliations

  • Jean-Michel Sourisseau
    • 1
  1. 1.CIRADParisFrance

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