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From 2014 to 2016, a group of farmers from organic and cooperative farming networks has been formed to work on crop associations. The CDA accompanied this group to test in real conditions simultaneous cultures of several species. Beyond the technical aspects, this project, entitled CAP AGROECO, also dealt with the sociological and economic aspects of this innovative practice.

Objectives of the CAP AGROECO project :

  • Accompanying the implementation and monitoring of experiments
  • Studying the sociological brakes and levers to changes in cultural systems
  • To insert the productions of the associations into the channels
18 polyculture-livestock farms in the Ain department
8 AB certified
4 types of crop associations: meslin, rapeseed OR wheat OR maize + companion plants

Actions carried out by the CDA and partners:

  • Co-construction of annual experimentation plans
  • Organisation of training courses (experimentation, co-design of cropping systems and end-of-campaign restitutions)
  • Setting up trials and experimental monitoring
  • Sociological analysis of the obstacles and levers to innovation in cropping systems
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