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08/02/2017 - Article
How can rural territories contribute, both locally and globally, to reaching the Sustainable Development Goals? This is the question tackled by a newly published book, "Des territoires vivants pour transformer le monde" ("Living territories can change the world"), which highlights the interactions between researchers, scales and structures, both on a local scale and in the light of the Sustainable Development Goals. To this end, it relies on the experiences and views of more than 150 researchers and experts from CIRAD, the AFD and their partners.
Territories are areas within which new forms of governance are invented. They provide economic, social and environmental services that are vital for peace and social cohesion, and can also be a force for sustainable development.
At a time when the ever-faster changes on our planet, particularly urbanization, are raising many issues, CIRAD and the AFD have chosen to look into the capacity of rural territories to contribute, both locally and globally, to reaching the Sustainable Development Goals. The idea is that there can be no propserity or peace, including in urban zones, without flourishing rural areas.
The book reports on the technical, biological and institutional changes under way to varying extents within territories. It is a compilation of the experiences and views of more than 150 researchers and experts from CIRAD, the AFD and their partners. The many controbutors discuss the role of territories as forces for development and arenas for innovation, assessment and regulation as regards sustainable development.
The book is intended for researchers, engineers, professionals in southern countries, students, and anyone else interested in the challenges faced.
It is the fifth book in the "Agricultures et défis du monde" series created by CIRAD, the AFD and Editions Quae, which each year tackles a major transverse topic, at the interface between science and policy-making.
An English version of the book is due out later in the year.
Patrick Caron, a geographer with CIRAD, is currently Chair of the United Nations High-Level Panel of Experts on food security and of the AgroParisTech science council. He specializes in livestock production systems and territorial dynamics.
Elodie Valette, a geographer with CIRAD's ART-DEV research unit, works on the co-existence of differnt types of land use at the rural-urban interface, and on the adaptation, resistence and innovation practices that stakeholders adopt.
Tom Wassenaar, a territorial ecology researcher with CIRAD's Recycling and Risk research unit, works industrial symbiosis and its environmental assessment, applied to agricultural and food systems.
Geo Coppens d’Eeckenbrugge, an agronomist with CIRAD, studies the processes of domestication and the relations between plants and societies, by means of an ecological, geographical, historical and evolutive approach to genetic resources.
Vatché Papazian, an agronomist with the AFD, in charge of the rural sector and projects in Africa and Asia, is currently AFD coordinator of the Comité technique Foncier-Développement .
Des territoires vivants pour transformer le monde
P. Caron, E. Valette, T. Wassenaar, G. Coppens d’Eeckenbrugge, V. Papazian, scientific eds
Editions Quae, 2017
The Agricultures et défis du monde series comprises annual collective works on CIRAD's research in favour of the sustainable development of farming systems in the tropics. The aim is to fuel scientific debate and interfaces with policymakers. It is published jointly by Éditions Quæ, CIRAD and the AFD.