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Diversity of farmland management practices (FMP) and their nexus to environment: A review

Abstract : We examined the environmental impacts of farmland management practices (FMPs), considering FMPs as frequent or single actions that change both land use AND use rights (land and property relations). Based on a review of the international literature in both the social and life sciences and using an analytical framework of landscape agronomy, we explored the links between FMPs and changes in agricultural practices designed for the achievement of environmental goals. The Web of Science (WOS) and SCOPUS bibliographic databases were used to identify references on FMP types and their environmental effects based on the following search equations: 1- " Farmland tenure OR cropland tenure OR farm size and environment " and 2- “Farmland use rights OR farmland property rights AND environment OR pollution OR biodiversity.” Ninety references were selected from these databases and read in depth. Google scholar enabled us to identify an additional 20 papers, using the snowball approach. From this analysis, we present a typology of FMPs based on the distinction between bottom-up strategies, which rely on local initiatives from farmers to improve the overall functioning of their farms, and top-down strategies, which originate from public bodies or private organizations. Our results also highlight the environmental impacts of FMPs considered in the literature: tenure arrangements, whether rental or exchange of land parcels, may alter crop succession and reduce phytosanitary pressure without changing cropping plans. Considering the direct agronomic implications of farmers' land dynamics, we conclude that the area of FMPs is a potential tool for reducing the environmental impacts of agricultural activities and protecting natural resources. This is the subject of ongoing research that seeks to explore a particular FMP in greater depth, along with temporary exchanges of plots between farmers as an agri-environmental tool to reduce agricultural impacts on environment.
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Yannick Dongmo Zangue, Romain Melot, Philippe Martin. Diversity of farmland management practices (FMP) and their nexus to environment: A review. Journal of Environmental Management, Elsevier, 2022, 302 (Part B), pp.114059. ⟨10.1016/j.jenvman.2021.114059⟩. ⟨hal-03430589⟩

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