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Agricultural Systems: Concepts, Methods and Applications to Mediterranean
and Tropical systems."
July 12-16, 2016 - Montpellier, France
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FSD Course 2015
Analysis and Design of Sustainable Agricultural Systems:
Concepts, Methods and Applications
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).
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.
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,
program of Part 2: Methods, protocols and they application on Agricultural
Systems in the Dry Areas
September 10 (8.45 am-6 pm)
am: Course introduction: presentation of the course
objectives and program – presentation of the participants;
framing of the Friday seminar (Jacques Wery, Emmanuel Gritti).
am: A system approach to structure complexity of agricultural
systems: Concept and methods, what have we learn in the past 3 days?
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
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)
pm: Lunch break including reflection of the trainees on “grey
points” on concepts presented in the morning.
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)
pm: Integrated Modelling of Agricultural Systems: framework
and lessons from the SEAMLESS and the Yield Gap Atlas projects
(Martin van Ittersum).
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
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
am: Concepts and challenges for the use of Agrosystem models
in IAAS approach (Helene Marrou).
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.
pm: Lunch break including last tuning of presentations by course
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?
pm: Course conclusion and evaluation by participants (Emmanuel Gritti).