Sytra

Transition of food systems
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Our mission

We conduct research and provide strategic analysis
in the agriculture and food sector

Our team focuses on agricultural and food systems,
the challenges and opportunities they face and the related transition processes.

Our approach departs from three observations :

Environmental, social and economic aspects are strongly interwoven in the agriculture sector.

Transitions are played out at different interconnected spatial and temporal scales.

Interdisciplinary methodologies are essential for addressing the complexity of the issues.

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For understanding current agri-food systems and discussing their sustainability challenges, our work brings together technical and agronomic analyses of livestock and cropping systems and the social and economic dimensions of food systems.

The adoption of new practices by farmers, the evolutions of the organisation of the food systems, and regional, national and European visions intersect and interact. Our research provides contextualised knowledge and strategic orientation.

Our areas of expertise range from agronomy to social sciences. We develop and apply a wide range of qualitative, quantitative and mixed method designs to analyse and facilitate transition dynamics. Our research methods are rolled out mostly in European contexts.

Our approach departs from three observations :

Environmental, social and economic aspects are strongly interwoven in the agriculture sector.

pictogramme environnement et société

For understanding currently existing agri-food systems and discussing its sustainability challenges, our work brings together technical and agronomic analyses of livestock and cropping systems and the social and economic dimensions of food systems.

Transitions are played out at different interconnected spatial and temporal scales.

pictogramme interdisciplinarité

The adoption of new practices by farmers, the evolutions of the organisation of the food systems, and regional, national and European visions intersect and interact. Our research provides contextualised knowledge and strategic orientation.

Interdisciplinary methodologies are essential for addressing the complexity of the issues.

pictogramme différentes échelles

Our areas of expertise range from agronomy to social sciences. We develop and apply a wide range of qualitative, quantitative and mixed method designs to analyse and facilitate transition dynamics. Our research methods are rolled out mostly in European contexts.

Our research topics

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Production systems

What are the characteristics of current cropping and livestock systems?

We characterize the cropping and livestock systems, through a variety of indicators related to production, inputs use, externalities. This approach allows for a concrete analysis of the strengths and challenges of the different production systems.

We highlight practices and production systems based on the principles of agroecology.

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pictogramme systèmes agroalimentaires

Food value chains

How are the food value chains organised? How do the actors of the food system interact?

We analyse and describe the agrifood chains and organisations.

We look at the possible evolution of the actors and value chains, taking into account lock-in phenomena hindering transition dynamics.

We identify technical, economic and political levers for action.

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pictogramme trajectoires de transition

Transition pathways

Which horizons can we envision for the agriculture and food related activities in our regions?

We develop prospective scenarios illustrating possible pathways towards 2050. Scenarios can help define and support transition dynamics in the agricultural and food systems.

The scenarios can be trend-based or pursue specific sustainability objectives, such as reducing the use of pesticides and taking climate issues into account.

Our partners

Our research work is funded by public and private actors
such as regional institutions, European funds, non-governmental organizations and foundations.

Région Wallonne

Union Européenne

SOL, Alternatives agroécologiques et solidaires

Fond Baillet Latour

Institut national de recherche pour l’agriculture, l’alimentation et l’environnement

Institut flamand de recherche pour l’agriculture, la pêche et l’alimentation

Greenpeace

Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique

Fondation de France

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