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AGENT - BASED SIMULATION TO THINK ABOUT THE AGRICULTURE OF TOMORROW

 

Prof. Patrick Taillandier
INRAE, MIAT/ Ird, Umi Ummisco

 

Recent years have been marked by an increase in the global awareness of the need for more sustainability in agriculture. New technologies offer a unique opportunity to optimise the use of chemical inputs, to monitor ecosystem services, adapt to and mitigate climate change, better disseminate good practices, etc. However, these technologies raise many questions about the negative effects they could cause (inequalities between farmers, industrialisation of agriculture, capital required etc.). In this presentation, I will speak about a project I am leading on the use of communicating water meters for irrigation among farmers in the South-East of France: how the opinion of the farmers on these technologies is built, how it is spread, what is the impact of introducing new messages to promote these tools among farmers? These are some of the questions we wish to address with the help of agent-based simulation. Agent-based simulation is recognised as a particularly well-suited simulation approach to represent system properties emerging from interactions between (human) agents. This approach consists in explicitly representing the structure and dynamics of entities composing the studied system. It enables to take into account inter-individual heterogeneity, social interactions, and complex human-environment interactions. Some of the preliminary results obtained with the model will be presented.

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