Cyrille Rigolot

Cyrille Rigolot
French National Institute for Agriculture, Food, and Environment (INRAE) | INRAE · Sciences for Action and Transitions (ACT)

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Introduction
Sustainability challenges require deep transformations, which cannot be only technical but also have to involve a profound evolution of paradigms and worldviews. To foster transformations in the livestock sector, I am developing innovative transdisciplinary approaches, combining natural and social sciences, together with stakeholders’ knowledge outside the academia. I have worked in a diversity of environments in both developed and developing countries, at different scales (local to global). Methodologies used include participatory approaches, livestock farming systems conceptual and computer modelling, field trials, farm surveys and lately collaborations with artists and an exploration of quantum theory for sustainability transformations.

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The analysis of the consequences of participatory foresight in agriculture over the long term is little studied in the scientific literature. In particular, it questions how farmers deal with the proposed scenarios afterwards and the modalities of their implementation. This article aims to overcome this by proposing an ex-post analysis of a foresig...
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The aim of this short Letter is to explore the implications for sustainability transformations of being transdisciplinary, in contrast to practicing transdisciplinarity (as a discipline). I will start by briefly describing the second (the discipline), and show that it reaches some limits when it becomes either very global or very personal. This wil...
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Biodynamic farming is increasingly popular among farmers and consumers, but it is still dismissed as pseudoscience by part of the scientific community. In this article, we first present an overview of biodynamic farming, its current development, foundations and three specific principles: 1) the farm seen as a living organism; 2) Preparations; 3) Co...
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Diversity in agricultural systems is often presented as having benefits for multiple purposes like food and nutrition security in low- and middle-income countries. Our review aims to give an overview of the strength and direction of the diversity-food security relationship as presented in research published since 2010, based on a comprehensive sear...
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The analysis of the consequences of participatory foresight in agriculture over the long term is little studied in the scientific literature. In particular, it questions how farmers deal with the proposed scenarios afterwards and the modalities of their implementation. This article aims to overcome this by proposing an ex-post analysis of a foresig...
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To date, most debates about transdisciplinarity (TD) have been dominated by Western institutions. This paper proposes insights from the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN), Kyoto, Japan, from an investigation as a visiting scientist. After describing its unique project-based organization, I first show that the development of TD at RIH...
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Recent study in AGU Advances highlights the key role of production efficiency changes in livestock methane emission mitigation, which outperforms demand‐side efforts (Chang et al., 2021, https://doi.org/10.1029/2021AV000391). While acknowledging the high value of Chang et al.’s analysis, this commentary argues that the way its results are emphasize...
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Transdisciplinarity might be essential for the future of humanity, as a discipline and “way of being”. Synergistically with other initiatives, the “new alliance” proposed by Mariotti (J Ind Bus Econ https://doi.org/10.1007/s40812-021-00187-w, 2021) could make precious contributions to: (i) the organization of the emerging transdisciplinarity univer...
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Participatory foresight approaches have been put to the fore in recent years to enable agricultural and food systems to evolve, particularly towards climate changing (Hebinck et al, 2018). They involve bringing together numerous stakeholders to co-design shared development pathways. However, this approach questions the effectiveness of proposals th...
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Geographical indications (GIs) have recently become an important tool for Japanese agricultural policy, particularly after the adoption of a “sui generis” certification system in 2015. In the same year, the United Nations proposed a common agenda with 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The present paper addresses the potential of GIs to enhan...
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Purpose: Knowledge Sharing (KS) is seen as a promising framework for renewing advisory systems in agriculture, but its practical application remains an important area of research. In particular, it is important to increase the motivation of farmers to participate in decision-making. Game-based support seems to be applicable to a long-term process o...
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Transdisciplinarity is generally defined by the inclusion of non-academic stake-holders in the process of knowledge production. Transdisciplinarity is a promising notion, but its ability to efficiently address the world's most pressing issues still requires improvement. Several typologies of transdisciplinarity have been proposed, generally with a...
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Pour répondre aux enjeux agricoles de demain, la bonne maîtrise des charges d’alimentation est un point important en élevage. Sur le terrain, plusieurs protocoles de diagnostic d’alimentation sont utilisés dont certains reposent sur une réappropriation par les éleveurs. Deux protocoles de diagnostic du système d’alimentation sont ici comparés : un...
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In livestock farming, managing feed costs is important. In the field, several diagnostic tools are used to assess feeding systems; in some cases, the intent is for livestock farmers to reappropriate the methods. Here, we compared the results obtained using a traditional diagnostic method with the results obtained using OBSALIM (R), a method develop...
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This comment aims to further develop James and Brown proposal of framing organic conversions as transformations, referring to “the three spheres of transformation” (practical, political, and personal). Particularly, I address the dynamic interactions between the three spheres during the transformational process, and challenge James and Brown’s emph...
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There are many definitions of transdisciplinary, and several typologies. Particularly, Scholz and Steiner (Sustain Sci 10(4):527–544, 2015a) distinguish a theoretical “Mode 1”, largely inspired by quantum theory, and a practical “Mode 2” transdisciplinarity involving multi-stakeholder approaches. So far, Modes 1 and 2 have been developed independen...
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This paper presents the support system that was developed by the authors in collaboration with the actors (dairy farmers and processors) of the Fourme de Montbrison PDO cheese. The article illustrates the usefulness of Knowledge and Experiences Sharing (KES) in deconstructing worldviews, and as a central vehicle for elaborated support. We address t...
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Dans le contexte de changement global, face à une augmentation des aléas et des extrêmes, les systèmes d’élevage doivent renforcer leurs capacités d’adaptation. L’analyse des capacités d’adaptation nécessite d’adopter une approche systémique, considérant à la fois des moteurs de changements internes et externes à l’exploitation. Cette analyse peut...
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About Quantum Mind and Social Science. Unifying Physical and Social Ontology
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Pour répondre aux enjeux agricoles de demain, la bonne maîtrise des charges d’alimentation est un point important en élevage. Sur le terrain, plusieurs protocoles de diagnostic d’alimentation sont utilisés dont certains reposent sur une réappropriation par les éleveurs. Deux protocoles de diagnostic du système d’alimentation sont ici comparés : un...
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Livestock systems contribute significantly to environmental issues and need to undergo an agroecological transition. This transition is not only technical, but also involves an evolution of farmers' ways of seeing and interpreting the world, i.e., worldviews. We investigate livestock farmers' worldviews and their relationships with farming practice...
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In the coming decades, agricultural systems will have to adapt to tremendous challenges. Behavioral models have important potential to better understand and steer changes toward sustainability brought about by this context. Relying on a literature review, we distinguish incremental changes (extensions of what is already done) and transformational c...
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Dans les années à venir, l’agriculture sera confrontée à des défis sans précédent et devra setransformer radicalement. Des solutions très contrastées commencent à apparaître, parfois dans desdirections radicalement opposées, entre l’agriculture 3.0. et la permaculture. Dans ce contexte, cet articlevise à montrer l’intérêt d’une approche évolutive d...
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Dans le contexte actuel très évolutif et marqué par une crise profonde du secteur laitier, la filière comté est décrite comme un exemple de réussite économique. En prenant cette filière comme illustration, cet article propose d'explorer l'importance du capital social dans les capacités d'adaptation des filières. Après avoir défini ces termes, nous...
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The desire to reduce food insecurity and poverty in developing countries is the essential justification to take into consideration rural agro-pastoral activities. Thus this paper proposes a typological study of sedentary farmers in the semi-arid zone of Cameroon which was conducted between January and May 2014. 400 sedentary farmers were surveyed i...
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In this study we estimate yield gaps for mixed crop–livestock smallholder farmers in seven Sub-Saharan African sites covering six countries (Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Senegal and Burkina Faso). We also assess their potential to increase food production and reduce the GHG emission intensity of their products, as a result of closing these yi...
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Supplementary material for Closing system-wide yield gaps to increase food production and mitigate GHGs among mixed crop-livestock smallholders in Sub-Saharan Africa
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We calculated a simple indicator of food availability using data from 93 sites in 17 countries across contrasted agroecologies in sub-Saharan Africa (>13,000 farm households) and analyzed the drivers of variations in food availability. Crop production was the major source of energy, contributing 60% of food availability. The off-farm income contrib...
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Dans le contexte actuel très évolutif et marqué par une crise profonde du secteur laitier, la filière comté est décrite comme un exemple de réussite économique. En prenant cette filière comme illustration, cet article propose d’explorer l’importance du capital social dans les capacités d’adaptation des filières. Après avoir défini ces termes, nous...
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Pour réduire l’insécurité alimentaire et la pauvreté dans les pays en voie de développement une analyse des activités agropastorales en milieu rural est nécessaire. La typologie est à la base de cette analyse. Ainsi une étude typologique des élevages sédentaires en zone semi-aride du Cameroun a été menée entre janvier et mai 2014. Pour cela, 400 él...
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Cet article propose une analyse technico-économique des unités d’embouche bovine en zone semi-aride du Cameroun. Les données ont été récoltées auprès de 105 producteurs dans 3 sites distincts de la zone. L’enquête montre que l’embouche bovine est majoritairement de type stabulation en saison sèche, avec une durée moyenne de 55 ± 20 jours. Le seuil...
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Significance We collated a unique dataset covering land use and production data of more than 13,000 smallholder farm households in 93 sites in 17 countries across sub-Saharan Africa. The study quantifies the importance of off-farm income and market conditions across sites differing strongly in agroecology and derives generally applicable threshold...
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The livestock and environment nexus has been the subject of considerable research in the past decade. With a more prosperous and urbanized population projected to grow significantly in the coming decades comes a gargantuan appetite for livestock products. There is growing concern about how to accommodate this increase in demand with a low environme...
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Farmers, faced with circumstances that are changing ever more rapidly, must be able to adapt. We used 22 small dairy farms located in the Brazilian Cerrado to test a method of assessing farm vulnerability. Each farm’s developmental trajectory was retraced from its date of founding. Nine indices were used to assess the vulnerability of the farms’ da...
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For developing country agriculture to contribute to climate change mitigation, a credible pathway for achieving both development and environmental goals is needed. To deliver these dual objectives, strategies based on improving farm productivity and closing yield gaps are receiving increasing attention. In this study we estimate yield gaps for smal...
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Smallholder farmers of Northern Burkina Faso have important development opportunities, but they will haveto cope with the effects of climate variability and change. In four farms representative of the area, crop andanimal production, income and food security indicators have been simulated, with all combinations of fourinterventions: i) Optimized cr...
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Understanding how climate change might impact agricultural systems at a household level is crucial in the development of adaptation strategies. In this study we assessed the sensitivity of four different types of smallholder mixed crop-livestock systems in Burkina Faso, to the potential impacts of climate change, based on the changes in household i...
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Farmers, faced with circumstances that are changing ever more rapidly, must be able to adapt. We used 22 small dairy farms located in the Brazilian Cerrado to test a method of assessing farm vulnerability. Each farm's developmental trajectory was retraced from its date of founding. Nine indices were used to assess the vulnerability of the farms' da...
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It is essential for grass livestock farming to cope with climate variability and, particularly, drought. A potential solution is to use collective mountain pastures, which are colder and wetter, in the summer. However, there is little knowledge on such collective pasture management. Therefore, we surveyed three collective sheep summer mountain past...
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The control of gas emissions from livestock buildings, especially ammonia, is important to limit the environmental impact, which depends primarily on the cumulated emission, and to improve the welfare and health of the animals and the stockmen, are affected by gas concentration inside the building. The model developed in this work aims at integrati...
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In regions of intensive pig and dairy farming, nutrient losses to the environment at farm level are a source of concern for water and air quality. Dynamic models are useful tools to evaluate the effects of production strategies on nutrient flows and losses to the environment. This paper presents the development of a new whole-farm model upscaling d...
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This study aims to produce multicriteria environmental figures (using Life Cycle Assessment, LCA) associated with socioeconomicindicators for different types of pig units representative of the main French production standards. Eight systems are assessed,defined by their size, the degree of specialization and the location of the pig unit, the slurry...
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MOLDAVI is a dynamic model developed to predict nutrient (water, C, N, P, K, Cu, and Zn) and energy fluxes from meat-poultry production systems at an hourly time-step. It can simulate a wide range of poultry production systems with or without an outdoor run. MOLDAVI predictions are based first on animal growth, simulated by a Gompertz function. Hea...
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MOLDAVI est un modèle dynamique au pas de temps horaire permettant de simuler les flux d'eau, de C, N, P, K, Cu et Zn ainsi que les flux d'énergie d'ateliers de production de volailles de chair. Le modèle est multi-espèce et permet de simuler différents modes de production avec ou sans accès à un parcours. Dans MOLDAVI la croissance des animaux est...
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The ex ante environmental evaluation of farming systems is increasingly demanded when proposing new developments of animal farming systems. Modelling is a promising approach to reduce the cost and the delay in studying the relationship between farming management and risky emissions. The simulation of decision is essential to better analyze ex ante...
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L’évaluation environnementale des systèmes de production est devenu un enjeu important afin de définir les pistes favorisant le développement de systèmes plus efficients et plus respectueux de l’environnement. C’est pour mieux évaluer ces systèmes et les adaptations que l’on peut y apporter que le modèle MELODIE a été développé. En proposant une ar...
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A mathematical model was developed from literature data to predict the volume and composition of pig's excreta (dry and organic matter, C, N, P, K, Cu and Zn contents), and the emission of greenhouse gases (CH4 and CO2) though respiration and from the intestinal tract, for each physiological stage (post-weaning and fattening pigs and lactating and...
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A model has been developed to predict pig manure evolution (mass, dry and organic matter, N, P, K, Cu and Zn contents) and related gaseous emissions (methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O) and ammonia (NH3)) from pig excreta up to manure stored before spreading. This model forms part of a more comprehensive model including the prediction of pig excreti...
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De nombreux travaux ont été conduits au cours de ces dernières années afin de réduire l’excrétion d’azote, de phosphore, du cuivre et de zinc par les porcs. Les voies envisagées consistent d’une part à mieux ajuster les apports aux besoins des animaux et d’autre part à améliorer la biodisponibilité de ces nutriments dans les aliments. L’alimentatio...
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In order to reduce N, P and trace elements in pig manure, research towards a better agreement between supply and requirement was undertaken in recent years, and the ways to improve the biological availability of these elements in feedstuffs were investigated. Substantial reduction in N excreted by pigs can be achieved by phase feeding combined with...
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Although stocking rate is a key management variable influencing the structure and composition of pastures, only few studies have simultaneously analysed the seasonal patterns of pasture use by cattle, and the adjustments the animals make to maintain intake of a high-quality diet over the grazing season. Therefore, over a 3-year study, we recorded d...
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In regions of intensive pig and dairy farming, nutrient losses to the environment at farm level are a source of concern for water and air quality. Dynamic models are useful tools to evaluate the effects of production strategies on nutrient flows and losses to the environment. This paper presents the development of a new whole-farm model upscaling d...

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Animal production is and will increasingly be constrained by competition for natural resources, changing sociocultural values and by the need to operate in a carbon-constrained economy. Agroecology can help to design sustainable faming systems adapted to this context. Promoting systemic analyses, co-innovation between farmers, NGOs and researchers, and elaborating on the diversity of local and regional conditions are key elements of the agroecological transition. Its implementation will require changing the position and methods adopted by farmers, extension services, researchers and policymakers.