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|Título:||Agricultural, forest and rural policy sectors' receptiveness to agroforestry intercropping systems in Quebec (Canada)|
|Resumo:||In Quebec (Canada), intercropping trees and crops is a new practice in the agricultural landscape dominated by conventional monocropping systems. As research goes on and slowly reveals the potential of these systems to address some key issues in agriculture, forestry and rural development, and as farmers’ awareness increases, there is a pressing need to find public support for these systems. In order to help the promoters of agroforestry intercropping systems in their search of support in the political arena, we conducted a comparative study of the receptiveness of the agricultural, forest and rural policy sectors to these systems. As the literature on public policy processes has stressed the importance of policy stakeholders’ ideas in the implementation of new policies, we used a conceptual framework based on cognitive schemes to compare the ideas driving these policy sectors with the ideas supporting agroforestry intercropping systems. Results based on the analysis of formal publications and semi-directed interviews conducted with agroforestry experts and policy stakeholders underline that agroforestry intercropping systems are mostly featured by their promoters as sustainable and multifunctional systems. The rural policy sector has proven to be the most receptive and the forest sector the less receptive, while the agricultural sector lies in-between, offering small-scale support to agroforestry intercropping systems. The analysis highlights that policy sectors integrating multifunctionality in their core ideas are supportive of agroforestry intercropping systems, while sectors remaining largely focused on specialization and productivity are less receptive. Our study also shows that public incentives might not be sufficient to drive the adoption of agroforestry intercropping systems since major barriers to their implementation remain in some policy sectors. Featuring these systems as productive might be a necessary argument shift to tear down policy barriers and increase public support.|
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