Jardin de Cocagne
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Alternative Agri-Food Systems
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Additional readings (optional)
- Debucquet, G., Guillotreau, P., Lazuech, G., Salladarré F., Troiville J. (2020). Sense of belonging and commitment to a community-supported fishery. The case of Yeu Island, France, Review of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Studies, 101(4), 439-459.
- Deverre, C., & Lamine, C. (2010). Alternative agri-food systems. A review of AngloAmerican studies in the social sciences. Économie rurale, (3), 57-73.
- Le Velly R., Dufeu I. (2016), Alternative food networks as market agencements: exploring their multiple hybridities, Journal of Rural Studies, 43, 173-182.
- Stone, J., & Rahimifard, S. (2018). Resilience in agri-food supply chains: A critical analysis of the literature and synthesis of a novel framework. Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, 23(3), 207-238.
A social inclusion case study of the Jardins de Cocagne, which is an association that hosts, supports and employs men and women experiencing social and professional difficulties (unemployment, integration of disadvantaged people, migrants). In exchange for work in organic market gardening (a social integration contract from six months up to twenty-four months), the association helps individuals to rebuild their professional projects.
Jardin de Cocagne case study
Question 1: How do the Jardins de Cocagne contribute to bringing marginalized people back into the labor market? (single choice)
a. By developing their professional skills
b. By offering them a fixed-term insertion contract
c. By restoring self-confidence
d. All of the above
Question 2: Which of the following best describes the Jardins de Cocagne? (single choice)
a. A project aiming at producing organic food for poor people to enhance their health
b. A project aiming at developing a short distribution of fruit and vegetables for urban dwellers
c. A project aiming at training the most excluded out of long-term unemployment to produce organic agricultural products for local consumers.
d. A project aiming at experimenting with a low-tech agriculture to increase the production of organic food in urban surroundings or urban wastelands.
Question 3: What are the difficulties the Jardins de Cocagne face in bringing transformation to people’s lives? (single choice)
a. Difficulties to socialize individual employees within the team
b. Challenges dealing with governmental and local authorities’ bureaucracy
c. Insufficient access to basic needs (food, housing, health)
d. All of the above
Reflect and share with the group your thoughts on the following topics. Choose at least one question from the case, one question from the module and one question from the video.
- What are the resources the project uses and what are the benefits it creates?
- What are the limits of the positive transformations produced by an initiative like the Jardins de Cocagne?
- How can social projects and social enterprises, such as the Jardin de Cocagne and La Tricyclerie, contribute to the reinforcement of city resiliency? Could you give examples of other projects or initiatives that reinforce city resiliency?
- Could you map the different stakeholders that are affected by the Jardin de Cocagne?
- Could you identify the different temporalities involved in the project (for instance related to people, organizations, nature, etc.)? What are the potential tensions the different temporalities may create?
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