ASTER research unit

Higher Education Institution Agronomy, food, environment

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A scientific policy focusing on agroecology and sustainable food systems.

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Christophe David Vice-Dean

ASTER research unit

The research works of the department Agriculture, Food Systems and Territories aim to study the joint transformations of rural development and agri-food systems

The research of the team is integrated in ISARA-Lyon two core research areas: Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, as well as in the scientific project of the Rural Studies Laboratory, to which the team belongs

 

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These activities are divided into 3 subjects:

  • Agriculture and Agroecological transition: flow of knowledge, changes in the job and practices of women and men farmers,
  • Territorial Development: project dynamics, governance types and agriculture,
  • Food: organization of food systems, food habits, entrepreneurship and innovation.
Schéma ASTER

Food systems of the middle  

 

 

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Our works pay special attention to what we call “food systems of the middle”, inspired by the American notion ”agriculture of the middle” referring to:

  • Middle-size farms:  the interface between commodities market and local services and local products market, corresponding to the reality of the diversified agriculture in Rhône-Alpes,
  • Local distribution network, between direct sales, short distribution channels, regional sectors and companies,
  • Product differentiation strategies, based on by technological, environmental, territorial, ethical and social qualities and specificities.

Contact

Sophie ROTTELEUR

International Relations Department

+33 - (0)4 27 85 85 51

rec@isara.fr