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Record number 416899
Title Farming styles and cooperatives disputes of swine farmers under economic pressure in southern France
Author(s) Commandeur, M.A.M.
Source In: Vertical integration: farming systems in food chain Clermont-Ferrand, la France : IFSA - p. 299 - 308.
Department(s) Rural Sociology
WASS
Publication type Chapter in book aimed at a professional audience
Publication year 2010
Abstract In Southern France, the regression of swine farms and swine is ongoing. It involves reorientation of socio-professional networks, especially the farmers’ cooperatives. For understanding the various ways of maintaining swine production under the regressive circumstances, we focus on the farmers’ initiatives and motivations for cooperative action. This article is build upon an inquiry of the diversity in swine farming strategies and styles in a production basin in regression: the departments Lot, Aveyron and Tarn in Midi Pyrenees, Southern France. We studied the motivations for the modes of farm management and the search for support from cooperatives, including the ambitions for product diversification. The survey consisted of 30 semistructured interviews, followed by 90 structured questionnaires. The diversity in farming styles is explained by local opportunities and contrasts in socio-professional integration in farmers’ cooperatives.
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