AGRO 2015 / FSD5


The 5th International Symposium for
Farming Systems Design

“Multi-functional farming systems in a changing world”

Le Corum conference center, Montpellier, France


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The FSD Course 2015

Analysis and Design of Sustainable Agricultural Systems:
Concepts, Methods and Applications

The course was organized by: Montpellier SupAgro (Jacques Wery) and CIHEAM-IAMM (Hatem Belhouchette) in collaboration with INRA, Wageningen University and Research (Martin van Ittersum), the University of Queensland (Daniel Rodriguez) and the University of Madrid (Maria Blanco). It is sponsored by the Labex Agro (Montpellier).

Course objectives

1. Present and discuss, concepts and methods for analysis and design of agricultural systems, in a multi-scale (field, farm, landscape) and multi-domain (socio-economic and biophysical) integrated approach.
2. Gain theoretical and practical understanding of the protocols, models and tools that can be used in such integrated approaches.
3. Illustrate and practice these methods with examples of sustainable intensification of Agricultural Systems.
4. Discuss how they can be used in the research project of the trainees.

Course structure

Part 1: Challenges, concepts and methods

Monday September 7: From concepts to methods for the analysis and design of agricultural systems at various scales from field to landscape. Key notes given by the scientific leaders of the FSD community during the FSD5 Symposium.
Tuesday September 8 and Wednesday September 9: Trainees have the opportunity to attend the FSD5 sessions and workshops to gain more insight in specific aspects introduced in the Monday keynotes. Session T4 is mandatory for the follow up of the course. Advices on other parallel sessions to follow can be given by the course organisers depending on the trainees background and objectives.

Part 2: Methods, protocols and their application on Agricultural Systems in the Dry Areas

Thursday September 10 and Friday September 11 morning: Lectures on protocols and methods followed by practical group work to apply them on examples of projects of sustainable intensification at regional levels.
Friday September 11 afternoon: Seminar given by trainees to reflect on the potential and limits of the methods and tools in their research project. Participants will present their research project and which challenges and problems they see in the implementation of one or two methodological aspects of integrated analysis and modelling of agricultural systems in this project.

Professors (in addition to speakers on the Monday 7 symposium):

- Jacques Wery, Montpellier SupAgro, AgroSys Chair, France.
- Hattem Belhouchette CIHEAM-IAMM, UMR System, France.
- Sylvestre Delmotte, INRA, UMR Innovation, France.
- Hélène Marrou, Montpellier SupAgro, UMR System France.
- Martin van Ittersum, Wageningen University and Research, The Netherlands.
- Maria Blanco, University of Madrid. Agriculture and Life Sciences in the Economy, Spain.
- Daniel Rodriguez, University of Queensland, Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation, Australia.
- Course assistant: Emmanuel Gritti, Montpellier SupAgro, UMR System, France.

Detailled program of Part 2: Methods, protocols and they application on Agricultural Systems in the Dry Areas

Thursday September 10 (8.45 am-6 pm)

8.45-9.30 am: Course introduction: presentation of the course objectives and program – presentation of the participants; framing of the Friday seminar (Jacques Wery, Emmanuel Gritti).

9.30-10.30 am: A system approach to structure complexity of agricultural systems: Concept and methods, what have we learn in the past 3 days? (Daniel Rodriguez).
Presentation of the Agricultural Systems analysis at multiple scales, not coming back in details to aspects developed on Monday and referring to specific presentations on parallel sessions on Monday in collaboration with Martin van Ittersum for consistency with the integrated modelling lecture and with Jacques Wery for consistency with the conceptualization protocol.

10.30-10.45 am: Break

10.45-12.15 pm: Conceptual modelling of agricultural systems: a protocol to conceptualize a research problem on sustainable development of agriculture into a system; with illustration by case studies (Jacques Wery in collaboration with Olivier Therond, Inra Toulouse)

12.15-1.45 pm: Lunch break including reflection of the trainees on “grey points” on concepts presented in the morning.

1.45-2.15 pm: Debriefing session to come back to the “grey points” of the morning (Emmanuel Gritti)

2.15-4 pm: Participatory modelling: Combining dynamic agrosystem models, farm/typologies models and agent-based models into a participatory design and assessment exercice with stakeholders: lessons from projects in the Camargue region (Sylvestre Delmotte)

4.00-4.15 pm: Break

4.15-6 pm: Integrated Modelling of Agricultural Systems: framework and lessons from the SEAMLESS and the Yield Gap Atlas projects (Martin van Ittersum).

5.45-6.00 pm: Organisation of the Friday seminar (Jacques Wery, Emmanuel Gritti).

Friday September 11 (8.30 am -5.15 pm)

8.30-9.00 am: Debriefing session to come back to the “grey points” of the Thursday afternoon (Daniel Rodriguez and Jacques Wery)

9.00-10.15 am: Modeling chain for Integrated Analysis of Agricultural Systems at regional level: an introduction to Agrosystem - Farm System Model/typology and collective analysis on case studies for innovation assessment in a policy and economic context (Hatem Belhouchette).

10.15-11.30 am: Concepts and challenges for the use of Agrosystem models in IAAS approach (Helene Marrou).

11.30-11.45 am: Break

11.45-1.00 pm: Farm models: on going development in bio-economic models at farm and regional level (Maria Blanco); as a methodological complement to presentations and discussions in Tuesday session T4 which is mandatory for the course. Should cover dynamic aspects, perennial crops, risk, household aspects.

1.00-2.30 pm: Lunch break including last tuning of presentations by course participants.

2.30-4.45 pm: Seminar on “Systems Analysis and integrated modelling in my research project: challenges, achievements, problems” given by course participants (with assistance by Emmanuel Gritti to prepare it before the course and adjust it during the course). Each participant will have 3 min. (3 slides) to present her/his reflection/question on a methodological aspect of agricultural systems analysis and modelling (addressed or not during the course) from her/his own experience or project. These presentations should cover, among others, one of the following aspects:
- example of an emerging property to be studied: how do I go from systems component to conceptualization of the emerging property of the system?
- model-driven data collection of data-driven model development in the context of a 3 years project?
- multi-agent or bioeconomic farm models: Do I need to choose and how to combine them.
- do implication of stakeholders simplify or complexify the problem of uncertainty in integrated modelling?

4h45-5h15 pm: Course conclusion and evaluation by participants (Emmanuel Gritti).



Updated 02.02.16

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