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Diversity of Family Farming Around the World

Existence, Transformations and Possible Futures of Family Farms

  • Pierre-Marie Bosc
  • Jean-Michel Sourisseau
  • Philippe Bonnal
  • Pierre Gasselin
  • Élodie Valette
  • Jean-François Bélières

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Jean-Michel Sourisseau, Pierre-Marie Bosc, Philippe Bonnal, Jean-François Bélières, Pierre Gasselin, Élodie Valette
    Pages 1-9
  3. Non-commercial Rationales, an ‘Archaism’ Worth Revisiting

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Pierre-Marie Bosc
      Pages 13-15
    3. Annabelle Daburon, Véronique Alary, Ahmed Ali, Mohammad El-Srogi, Jean-François Tourrand
      Pages 29-42
    4. Mamy Soumaré, Jean-François Bélières, Michel Passouant, Moumouni Sidibé
      Pages 43-59
  4. Local Anchoring and Migration as Two Faces of the Same Coin

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 77-77
    2. Élodie Valette
      Pages 79-80
    3. Sandrine Fréguin-Gresh, Anaïs Trousselle, Geneviève Cortes
      Pages 81-97
  5. On the Boundaries of Family Farming: Examples of Family Business Farming

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 131-131
    2. Jean-Michel Sourisseau
      Pages 133-135
    3. Osmar Tomaz de Souza, Philippe Bonnal, Leonardo Beroldt, Renata Menasche
      Pages 149-162
    4. Sophie Chaxel, Roberto Cittadini, Pierre Gasselin, Christophe Albaladejo
      Pages 163-176
  6. Diversification of Activities Between Strategies of Survival and Accumulation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 177-177
    2. Pierre Gasselin
      Pages 179-180

About this book


In contemporary times where farming models are challenged through deep transformations of agricultural organizations and markets, this books proposes a new visit of the diversity of family forms of production to explore their current transformations all over the world. By adopting a comprehensive perspective it allows bringing together several dimensions often studied separately: linkages with markets, territorial development, labour mobility through migrations and livelihood strategies, farms’ autonomy, and food security, as well as the many ways of collective action and the role of public policies.
The book relies on 18 case studies in the five continents. All were driven with a single and original methodological framework, inspired by the Sustainable Rural Livelihoods. The SRL initial framework was reshaped and adapted to allow each author to fine-tune “what makes family”, to understand family labour adaptations to their environment, and to align them with territorial dynamics and public policies in each national situation.
Co-written by a network of researchers, this book deepens scientific knowledge on family farming around the world, and at the same time it contributes to test and improve a methodological framework adapted to analyse and of observe rural dynamics.
It is dedicated to researchers, teachers and students, agronomists, economists, geographers, sociologists and historians but also experts and practitioners in agricultural and rural development. More widely, NGOs and any citizen willing to understand the family farming’s issues in different social contexts, should also find interest in reading it.


Sustainable Rural Livelihood Sustainability Food Security Sustainable Development Public Policy

Editors and affiliations

  • Pierre-Marie Bosc
    • 1
  • Jean-Michel Sourisseau
    • 2
  • Philippe Bonnal
    • 3
  • Pierre Gasselin
    • 4
  • Élodie Valette
    • 5
  • Jean-François Bélières
    • 6
  1. 1.CIRADUMR MOISAMontpellierFrance
  2. 2.CIRADUMR ART-DEVMontpellierFrance
  3. 3.MontpellierFrance
  4. 4.CIRADUMR INNOVATIONMontpellierFrance
  5. 5.CIRADUMR ART-DEVMontpellierFrance
  6. 6.CIRADUMR ART-DEVMontpellierFrance

About the editors

Editors of this work are Bosc, Pierre-Marie; Sourisseau, Jean-Michel; Bonnal, Philippe; Gasselin, Pierre; Valette, Elodie; Bélières, Jean-François

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