What are the impacts of agricultural policies on the social and psychological situation of farmers?

Summary

Do agricultural policies affect the social and psychological situation of farmers? The answer appears obvious. However, three studies conducted in France, Switzerland and Quebec seem to give a negative answer. Their findings are very similar in spite of their different disciplinary and methodological approaches. Is the farmer’s ‘blues’ so widespread that it is not affected by the agricultural and economical settings? Is the structural evolution of agriculture so deep that the agricultural policies cannot affect the farmer’s socio-psychological situation?

The research team will compare the agricultural setting in France, Switzerland and Quebec to evaluate the impact of the political, economical and juridical context on farmer’s situation. Based on an interdisciplinary perspective, the research was aimed at defining quantitative and qualitative indicators to assess the socio-psychological situation of farmers in the three regions. Furthermore, the project also took into account the international environment by studying the WTO negotiations on agriculture to analyze their potential impacts on the three local settings.

Project Keywords

  • Health
  • Psychology
  • Public policy
  • Agriculture
  • European policy

Disciplines

  • Anthropology
  • Economics
  • Health / Medicine
  • Political science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Relevant Countries

  • Canada
  • France
  • Switzerland

Status

This project, started in 2009, has been completed.

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Research team

Yvan Droz
Coordinator
Graduate Institute Geneva

Valérie Miéville-Ott
Co-Coordinator

Jérémie Forney
Principal Member
University of Neuchâtel

Mario Hébert
Principal Member

Dominique Jacques-Jouvenot
Principal Member
Université de Franche-Comté

Ginette Lafleur
Principal Member
Université du Québec à Montréal

Diane Parent
Principal Member
Université de Laval

Christian Ghasarian
Associated Member
University of Neuchâtel

Sylvie Guigon
Associated Member
Université de Franche-Comté

Ellen Hertz
Associated Member
Université de Neuchâtel

Jean-Jacques Laplante
Associated Member

Raymond Massé
Associated Member
Université de Laval

Pierre Praz
Associated Member

Michel Tousignant
Associated Member
Université du Québed à Montréal

Pierre Vandel
Associated Member
Université de Franche-Comté