Fostering adaptation of livestock systems to climate change : implementation of Forage Rummy and implementation analysis in southeastern France.
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- Master's theses (IPM) 
In the context of climate change affecting grassland production, the role of extension services is evolving to match Farmers' new expectations. Forage rummy was conceived as a collective non prescriptive tool to engage farmers in reflection on farm systems design, asses their response to the changing climate and reflect on possible adaptations. This report presents the implementation of forage rummy in the Rhône-Alpes region. It was found to be a unique tool to visualize the impact of climate change on the farm system, giving new insights on forage balance and opening dialogue on multiple issues. However, technical, knowledge related and organizational problems occurred and recommendations for its use were made. They include details on the use of climatic data, format of workshops and profiles of participants. Analysis of the farm systems and the adaptations proposed through the use of forage rummy was conducted to assess their sustainability. Agroecological indicators measuring autonomy, diversity and environmental impact showed that an optimum production per animal, early forage harvest, and spring calving are aspects to be considered to strengthen the farm systems studied. And that forage rummy can be used in an agroecological approach.