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Management flexibility and the sustainability of bee farming systems

Abstract : As in most farming systems, the adaptive capacity is a key factor for bee farming operations to cope with an uncertain environment. This adaptive capacity is based on several components of the farm: the commercial choices, the work organisation or the colony management practices. This study focuses on the flexibility of the management practices: can this flexibility be easily reconciled with other sustainability goals of the beekeeper, as work organisation issues or economic expectations? To address this question, we developed a model of the main management practices and dynamics of a colony stock under the mathematical framework of viability theory. An economic goal and a work time constraint are considered along with an increasing flexibility goal. Different technical choices in the management practices are simulated. The economic goal and work time constraint were not always compatible with the flexibility goal, partly depending on the technical choices. Flexibility thus appears as an additional constraint that can be difficult for the beekeeper to comply with.
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Coline Kouchner, Rodolphe Sabatier, Benjamin Basso, Axel Decourtye, Cécile Ferrus, et al.. Management flexibility and the sustainability of bee farming systems. Innovations Agronomiques, INRAE, 2019, 77, pp.31-43. ⟨10.15454/k4kv-k303⟩. ⟨hal-02900352⟩

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