Claire Aubron

Claire Aubron

AgreenSkills session, year: 1st session, 2013

Receiving laboratory: International Livestock Research Institute, New Delhi, India

Country of origin : India




Mobility project

Indian dairy systems trajectories facing global challenges: towards an integrated and situated understanding of the interactions between dairy farming and development

The challenges faced by the Indian dairy giant – increasing milk demand of a growing population, livelihood security of the 70 million dairy farmers and preservation of the environment in a context of global warming – is a particularly striking case study for research on interactions between livestock farming and global challenges. Based on the study of the last decade’s trajectories of contrasted areas of India with an agrarian system approach including an important field work, my research aims at highlighting the trade-offs between production increase, social inclusion and environmental impacts in Indian dairy farming.

Biography & research interests

I am a former student of the Ecole Normale Supérieure of Ulm and graduate of AgroParisTech. I made my PhD in Comparative Agriculture on the development of dairy farming in the Andes, combining an important field work in a Peruvian peasant community and a dairy market functioning analysis at national level, taking into account the liberalization process. Since 2007, I am associate professor at MontpellierSupAgro, working on livestock farming systems, agrarian systems and animal products value chains. The training modules I developed and lead for two masters on these issues include courses, tutorial classes and the supervision of 2-weeks field work sessions and several master theses per year. My research, carried out in the research unit “Mediterranean and Tropical Livestock Farming Systems” (SELMET), mainly dealt from 2007 to 2013 with livestock farming systems, pastoralism and quality schemes in animal products in French Mediterranean areas. I have a strong interest in the role played by livestock farming in the development process involving smallholder family farms and that is the reason why I have embarked in this mobility project in India with the International Livestock Research Institute.

Selected publications

Scientific papers

Aubron C., Nozières M.-O., Moulin C.-H. and Boutonnet J.-P.,forthcoming. Quality schemes and pastoralism in France: synergies and contradictions. Journal of Alpine Research.

Aubron C., Guérin G., Gallion B. and Moulin C.-H., 2013. Drawing together the knowledge of forestry and pastoralist experts in the construction of a technical support tool for silvopastoralism. Journal of Environmental Management, 117: 162-171.

Lurette A., Aubron C. and Moulin C.-H., 2013. A simple model to assess the sensitivity of grassland dairy systems to scenarios of seasonal biomass production variability. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture, 93: 27-36.

Aubron C., Nozières M.-O., Moulin C.-H. and Boutonnet J.-P., 2011. Laine, transferts de fertilité, lait et viande : évolution des produits de l’élevage ovin dans les systèmes agraires. Ethnozootechnie, 91: 81-88.

Cochet H., Aubron C. and Jobbe Duval M., 2009. Quelles conditions à réunir pour une intégration marchande porteuse de développement durable pour les paysanneries andines ? Les Cahiers d’Outre-Mer, 247 : 395-417.

Aubron C., Cochet H., Brunschwig G. and Moulin C.-H., 2009. Labor and its productivity in Andean dairy farming systems: a comparative approach. The example of Andean dairy farming. Human Ecology, 37: 407-419.

Aubron C. and Brunschwig G. 2008. Practices consistency in dairy farms of the arid Andes: analysis in a Peruvian peasant community. Livestock Research for Rural Development, 20, 12.

Aubron C. and Cochet H. 2008. Produccíón lechera en los Andes peruanos: ¿Integración al mercado interno o marginación económica? Anuario Americanista Europeo, 6-7: 217-238.

Aubron C. 2007. Lait et fromage dans un pays andin : quelle place pour les filières artisanales péruviennes face aux industries laitières ? Revue d’Elevage et de Médecine Vétérinaire Tropicale, 60.

Aubron C. and Le Blanc J. 2007. Accompagner le développement d’une filière laitière dans un territoire : réflexions à partir de la communauté paysanne de Sinto, Pérou. Traverses 28.

Aubron C. and Moity-Maïzi P. 2007. Des fromageries dans un territoire andin marginal : une innovation pour le développement local ? Economies et Sociétés, Série Systèmes agroalimentaires 29: 1525-1546.

Aubron C. and Brunschwig G. 2007. La gestion fourragère dans les élevages laitiers des Andes sèches : rationalité et performances. Fourrages 189: 125-138.

Aubron C. 2006. Productores andinos de queso artesanal y liberalización del mercado de los lácteos en el Perú. Debate Agrario 40.

Aubron C. 2005. Individus et collectifs dans l’appropriation des ressources : le cas d’une communauté andine péruvienne. Autrepart 34: 65-84.


Books and book chapters

Aubron C., Hernández M., Lacroix P., Mafla H., Proaño V. (editors), 2014. Producción campesina lechera en los países andinos: dinámicas de articulación a los mercados, SIPAE AVSF, Quito, 218 p.

Aubron C. 2007. La production fromagère andine : une valorisation de l’espace montagnard qui peine à assurer la sécurité alimentaire, in Boëtsch G. and Hubert A., L’alimentation en montagne, Editions des Hautes-Alpes, Gap, pp. 199-209.

Aubron C. 2010. Intensification laitière dans un territoire andin irrigué : des systèmes de production durables ? In Thibaud B. and François A., Systèmes de production et durabilité dans les Suds, Karthala, Paris, pp. 103-117.

? In Thibaud B. and François A., Systèmes de production et durabilité dans les Suds, Karthala, Paris, pp. 103-117.