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Co-Designing an organic framework: the ”REF’AB” Project in France

Sautereau, Natacha; Fourrié, Laetitia; Experton, Catherine; Cresson, Céline; Mundler, P.; Bellon, Stéphane; Le Tailleur, F.; Garnier, J.F.; Dumontier , A. and Willot , M. (2012) Co-Designing an organic framework: the ”REF’AB” Project in France. Paper at: 10th European ISFA Symposium (International Farming System Association), Aarhus, Denmark, 1-4 July 2012.

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To help the development of Organic Food and Farming (OFF) systems, there is the need to consolidate conversions to OF, to support entry into organic farming, and to develop existing organic farms. Therefore a group of extensionists, researchers and educators has being working 2 years long to co-design a framework for OFF, taking into account the need to (i) embrace all forms of OFF, and at the same time to (ii) address the specificities of OFF. This project, called REF’AB (REFerentiel de l’Agriculture Biologique, 2010-2012) aims at designing the organization of set of references produced on shared methodological bases. The approach consisted in identifying key-issues of OFF systems, defining indicators, identifying relevant databases and references to feed the framework, and providing recommendations for governance to optimise the establishment and circulation of references. The outcomes of this project is that first it was not necessarily clear what a framework for OFF should be, and therefore a conference of consensus was used as a methodological
tool to share views by multi-stakeholders. Second, we used sustainability assessment as an integrative process of the three levels (technical-economic, environmental, and social) and third, to manage to share a more transversal approach, we proposed a framework with 3 levels of key-proprieties: 1) security and efficiency, 2) durability through the protection of resources, and 3) autonomy and resilience.

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:organic farming, co-design, sustainability, indicators, global assessment, resilience, autonomy
Subjects: Food systems > Community development
Farming Systems
Research affiliation: France > ACTA - Association de Coordination Technique Agricole
France > Agribio
France > ARVALIS - Institut du végétal
France > INRA - Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique
France > ISARA - Institut supérieure d’agriculture Lyon
France > ITAB - Institut Technique en Agriculture Biologique
France > Other organizations
Related Links:http://www6.inra.fr/comite_agriculture_biologique/Les-recherches/Par-thematique/Developpement-AB/EPAB, http://ifsa2012.dk/?page_id=808
Deposited By: PENVERN, Servane
ID Code:27610
Deposited On:22 Oct 2014 09:02
Last Modified:22 Oct 2014 14:40
Document Language:English
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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