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Impacts of science-based research and innovation programmes: The case of farmers' transition to organic rice in Camargue

Quiédeville, Sylvain; Stolze, Matthias; Mouret, Jean-Claude and Barjolle, Dominique (2015) Impacts of science-based research and innovation programmes: The case of farmers' transition to organic rice in Camargue. Paper at: Second International Conference on Systems of Organic Rice Production, Pavia, September 1-4, 2015.

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This paper attempts to assess the Impacts of Science-based Research and Innovation Programme (ISRIP) of farmer’s transition to organic rice in Camargue. We applied a methods-mix revolving around the Impact Pathway Analysis (IPA) with the goal of shedding light on complex mechanisms that occur along innovation processes and reconstructing ex-post the impact pathway of the “basket of innovations” which was identified as main innovation in the theory of change of the programme. The analysis allows identifying the specific role of the research. We demonstrate that INRA contributed to change in supporting growers through experimental trials, discussions and leaflets even though individual farmer’s testing played a more important role to find relevant techniques, rice producers underlined. Farmers also reported external factors like selling price of organic rice or CAP subsidies to both convert and maintain surfaces under organic rice. Finally the analysis emphasises that the research system and impacts of the programme are not central in the whole theory of change although they do play a role.

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:Camargue Rice Impact Assessment Impact Pathway Analysis Scientific Research
Subjects: Farming Systems
Knowledge management
Research affiliation: Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Socio-Economics
H2020 or FP7 Grant Agreement Number:609448
Related Links:http://www.orpconference.eu/en/conference/
Deposited By: Quiédeville, Dr. Sylvain
ID Code:30963
Deposited On:29 Jan 2018 14:20
Last Modified:29 Jan 2018 14:20
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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