|Title||Local inter-farm cooperation: A hidden potential for the agroecological transition in northern agricultures|
|Author(s)||Lucas, Véronique; Gasselin, Pierre; Ploeg, Jan Douwe van der|
|Source||Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems 43 (2019)2. - ISSN 2168-3565 - p. 145 - 179.|
|Publication type||Refereed Article in a scientific journal|
|Keyword(s)||agroecology - CUMA - farmers’ cooperation - Local inter-farm cooperation - machinery cooperatives - sharing arrangements|
In the Global North, local inter-farm cooperation offers opportunities for farmers to better access and manage equipment, labor and material resources. Yet, its potential to pave the way to organize the local collaborations needed for the agroecological transition remains hidden. This paper, based on the experience of French farm machinery cooperatives (CUMA), shows how local inter-farm cooperation can help make farming systems more agroecological. We conclude by arguing that local inter-farm cooperation warrants more attention, both to help strengthen its development and to expand its potential for contributing to the agroecological transition.