Farming Systems Research into the 21st Century: The New Dynamic

  • Ika Darnhofer
  • David Gibbon
  • Benoît Dedieu

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Farming Systems Research in Europe

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Ika Darnhofer, David Gibbon, Benoit Dedieu
      Pages 3-31
    3. Jacques Brossier, Caterina Contini, Luigi Omodei Zorini, Artur Cristóvão
      Pages 33-48
    4. Marc Barbier, Marianne Bompart, Véronique Garandel-Batifol, Andréi Mogoutov
      Pages 73-94
  3. State of the Art and Key Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 117-117
    2. Chris Blackmore, Marianne Cerf, Ray Ison, Mark Paine
      Pages 159-177
    3. Bernard Hubert, Ray Ison, Nadarajah Sriskandarajah, Chris Blackmore, Marianne Cerf, Isabelle Avelange et al.
      Pages 179-200
    4. Artur Cristóvão, Alex Koutsouris, Michael Kügler
      Pages 201-227
    5. Claire Lamine, Henk Renting, Adanella Rossi, J. S. C. (Han) Wiskerke, Gianluca Brunori
      Pages 229-256
    6. Sylvie Lardon, Anna-Camilla Moonen, Elisa Marraccini, Marta Debolini, Mariassunta Galli, Salma Loudiyi
      Pages 257-280
    7. Giuseppe Feola, Claudia Sattler, Ali Kerem Saysel
      Pages 281-306
    8. Stéphane Bellon, Jean-Louis Hemptinne
      Pages 307-333
  4. Insights from System Sciences and New Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 335-335
    2. J. B. (Hans) Schiere, Ika Darnhofer, Michel Duru
      Pages 337-363
    3. Rebecka Milestad, Benoît Dedieu, Ika Darnhofer, Stéphane Bellon
      Pages 365-385
    4. Jean-Marc Meynard, Benoit Dedieu, A. P. (Bram) Bos
      Pages 405-429
    5. Boelie Elzen, Marc Barbier, Marianne Cerf, John Grin
      Pages 431-455
    6. Laurens Klerkx, Barbara van Mierlo, Cees Leeuwis
      Pages 457-483
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 485-490

About this book


Farming Systems Research has three core characteristics: it builds on systems thinking, it depends on the close collaboration between social and biophysical sciences, and it relies on participation to build co-learning processes. Farming Systems Research posits that to contribute towards sustainable rural development, both interdisciplinary collaborations and local actor engagement are needed. Together, they allow for changes in understanding and changes in practices.
This book gives an overview of the insights generated in 20 years of Farming Systems Research. It retraces the emergence and development of Farming Systems Research in Europe, summarises the state-of-the-art for key areas, and provides an outlook on new explorations, especially those tackling the dynamic nature of farming systems and their interaction with the natural environment and the context of action.
We hope this book will serve as an inspiration for all those who seek an alternative approach to research in farming and rural development. One that builds on the reflexivity of researchers, one that takes the role of human subjectivities and perceptions seriously, one that gives voice to farmers, one that emphasises participation and co-learning processes, one that focuses on interactions between the elements, one that allows to capture interdependencies and their dynamics.
There is no doubt that Farming Systems Research has much to offer to answer the challenges faced by rural areas in the current turbulent and uncertain times. The book is thus aimed at practitioners, at graduate students and at researchers who seek new inspiration outside the mainstream, who take into account the ethical dimension of their work, and who seek encouragement to deepen their reflexivity about the meaning of professional practice and about their approach to research.


Dynamics in farming system Farming Systems Research Interdisciplinary approaches to farming Learning through participatory processes Managing systemic change

Editors and affiliations

  • Ika Darnhofer
    • 1
  • David Gibbon
    • 2
  • Benoît Dedieu
    • 3
  1. 1.ViennaAustria
  2. 2.Livelihood SystemsAgricultural and RuralChurch StrettonUnited Kingdom
  3. 3., SADINRASaint-Genes-ChampanelleFrance

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