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Information and communication technology (ICT) and the agroecological transition

Abstract : The development of information and communication technologies (ICT) has to meet the needs of farmers and sustainably support the competitiveness of agriculture in a rapidly changing digital world. Under certain conditions of use, digital tools could facilitate the application to agriculture of the historical, methodological and socio-economic principles defining agroecology. This chapter is composed of four sections. In the first section we define a framework to study agricultural IC tools. The second section considers how ICT should be used during the design phase of the territorial agroecological transition - an example of which is the TATA-BOX project -, before its actual implementation. The third section sets out the four types of IC tools that can usefully be applied during this transition, and provides several examples. Finally, the last section shows the various barriers that ICT specialists will have to overcome in order to provide effective support to food systems. It also discusses the contradiction that can exist between high energy-consuming technologies and an agroecological production paradigm in which fossil energy is sovereign.
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Lola Leveau, Aurélien Bénel, Jean-Pierre Cahier, François Pinet, Pascal Salembier, et al.. Information and communication technology (ICT) and the agroecological transition. Agroecological transitions: from theory to practice in local participatory design, Springer, pp.263-287, 2019, 978-3-03-001953-2. ⟨10.1007/978-3-030-01953-2_12⟩. ⟨hal-02608388⟩

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