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The conversion of family farms in Southland" : A case study for “rural futures: building adaptive management capability to deliver sustainable pastoral farm systems”

Forney, Jérémie

Project description This research on farm conversions in Southland is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation as an independent project. It has joined the RURAL FUTURES project (a MSI funded programme) to serve as a case study of the social aspects involved in farmers’ decision-making. The aim of the research is to identify non-economic motivators to farm conversion....

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Cooperative values and hybridity of farmers’ organisations in the Swiss dairy sector

Forney, Jérémie ; Häberli, Isabel

In: Journal of Rural Studies, 2017, vol. 53, p. 236-246

Moving forwards from an extensive literature on farmers' cooperatives, this Special Issue aims to explore the interaction and interdependence of multiple material and immaterial benefits associated with cooperation. The eight papers gathered here address a range of contexts to explore the inseparability of a set of ‘more-than-economic’ benefits of cooperation and consider the wider...

Public access from 26.05.2019
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The more-than-economic dimensions of cooperation in food production

Emery, Steven B. ; Forney, Jérémie ; Wynne-Jones, Sophie

In: Journal of Rural Studies, 2017, vol. 53, p. 229-235

Moving forwards from an extensive literature on farmers' cooperatives, this Special Issue aims to explore the interaction and interdependence of multiple material and immaterial benefits associated with cooperation. The eight papers gathered here address a range of contexts to explore the inseparability of a set of ‘more-than-economic’ benefits of cooperation and consider the wider...

Public access from 14.09.2019
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Introduction: Agri-Environmental Governance as Assemblage

Forney, Jérémie ; Rosin, Chris ; Campbell, Hugh

In: Agri-environmental Governance as an Assemblage: Multiplicity, power, and transformation, 2018, p. 1-32

Public access from 14.09.2019
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Beyond Soyisation – Donau Soja as Assemblage

Bentia, Dana ; Forney, Jérémie

In: Agri-environmental Governance as an Assemblage: Multiplicity, power, and transformation, 2018, p. 177-192

Soybeans embody the contradictions of progress in the Western imagination. They proliferated as a utopian promise (cheap vegetal protein for all) only to develop over a short two decades into a symbol of failure (GMOs). Most recently, as a response to the multiple crises of boundless capitalist accumulation and environmental degradation, concerted efforts were variously mobilized in Europe to...

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Family farming and gendered division of labour on the move: a typology of farming-family configurations

Forney, Jérémie

In: Agriculture and Human Values, 2017, vol. 34, no. 1, p. 27-40

Family farming, understood as a household which combines family, farm and commercial activity, still represents the backbone of the world’s agriculture. On family farms, labour division has generally been based on complementarity between persons of different gender and generations, resulting in specific male and female spheres and tasks. In this ‘traditional’ labour division, gender...

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Blind spots in agri-environmental governance: some reflections and suggestions from Switzerland

Forney, Jérémie

In: Review of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Studies, 2016, vol. 97, no. 1, p. 1

Attempts of making our food systems more sustainable have (partly) failed. Food production still contributes significantly to biodiversity losses, global warming and depletion of natural resources. Based on the postulation that this failure in the governance of environmental issues in agri-food systems relates notably to social and cultural aspects, this paper explores the literature in the...

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Enacting Swiss Cheese: About the Multiple Ontologies of Local Food

Forney, Jérémie

In: Biological Economies: Experimentation and the politics of agrifood frontiers, 2016, p. 67-81

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Introducing ‘seeds of change’ into the food system? Localisation strategies in the Swiss dairy industry

Häberli, Isabel ; Forney, Jérémie

In: Sociologia Ruralis : Journal of the European Society for Rural Sociology, 2016, vol. 56, no. 2, p. 135-156

The Swiss dairy-farming sector faces challenging times after the removal of milk quotas. In this context, several cooperative/federative structures have developed new strategies to improve the situation of dairy farmers. Local products play an important role in these strategies. Based on ethnographic work, this paper looks at the social construction and negotiation of ‘the local’ within three...

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Farmer autonomy and the farming self. Journal of Rural Studies

Stock, Paul V. ; Forney, Jérémie

In: Journal of Rural Studies, 2014, vol. 36, p. 160-171

Drawing on interviews in Switzerland and New Zealand, we explore the concept of autonomy as part of a farming self. The farming self encompasses the dialectical relationship of autonomy as both value and tool that help us understand farmers within a wider set of economic, environmental and interpersonal relations. Farmers describe autonomy as a value in three related but slightly different ways....