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Cahiers Agricultures, EDP Sciences, Volume 26, Ticket 2 (2017)



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The agricultural value chains are facing an important restructuring, which translates in a more and more important disconnection between operators of the supply chains and those of the territories, and between places of production and uses of the local resources. Supply chains use local resources, but often operate only a part of their activity there, and do not always care about their local impact, either environmental or socioeconomic. Actors of territories, as environmental and socioeconomic stakeholders, are worried about incidences of these transformations and question the possibility to re-localize parts of the value chains. To feed the reflections of local actors, we seek to better understand the interactions between agricultural value chains and territories, in particular the interactions between the generated flows, the ecosystems, and the systems of actors, which pilot them. Territorial ecology, an interdisciplinary research field, aims at understanding modalities of interactions between societies and environment, and especially relations and correlations between flows (materials and energy) and the social, political, and economic organization at territorial scale, building upon the notion of metabolism. We present here an exploration of this research field by researchers in agronomy, in dialogue with a researcher in territorial ecology. We clarify the notions, and we present what we held to develop an analytical framework of the interactions between supply chains and territories, building on the notions of embeddedness, dependency, and footprint. We discuss the interests and limits of such an approach in the fields of agronomy and at a territorial level.


Humanities and Social Sciences/Environmental studiesLife Sciences [q-bio]/Agricultural sciences/Agriculture, economy and politicsJournal articles