Marco Barzman


Marco BarzmanI co-founded Eco Innovation with Frédéric Morand and Marjolein Visser as a way to facilitate our collaboration in R&D in sustainable agriculture.

My recent activities include working at INRA (Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, France) in the SLIM and LEARning projects, as well as with CIRAD (Centre de coopération internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement, Montpellier, France). I am currently at INRA working as Assistant Coordinator for the ENDURE network of excellence, commenced in January 2007. ENDURE is an initiative to reshape European research on crop protection for the development of management strategies less reliant on pesticides.

In general, I specialize in the promotion of environmentally-sound agriculture through policy, education, and research initiatives emphasizing participatory approaches. I have a B.Sc. in Biology from UCLA and a Ph.D in Entomology from UC Berkeley. I have worked in California, Ireland, France, Vietnam, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Bangladesh.

Some publications

M.S. Barzman, S. Bouarfa, P. Bots, P. Ruelle, P. Martinand, P. Caron, M. Passouant, F. Levrault & C. Ferrané. 2007. Analyse a posteriori d’une démarche d’observatoire dans un contexte conflictuel : cas de l’irrigation en Charente. Ingénieries-EAT, 51: 47-57.

The SLIM Project. 2004. Social Learning as a Policy Approach for Sustainable Use of Water. A field-tested framework for observing, reflecting and enabling.

M.S. Barzman & S. Desilles. 2002. Diversifying rice-based farming systems and empowering farmers in Bangladesh using the Farmer Field-school approach. In : Agroecological Innovations: Increasing Food Production with Participatory Development. N. Uphoff ed., Earthscan, London, 203-211.

M. S. Barzman, & K.M. Daane. 2001. Host-handling behaviours in parasitoids of the black scale: a case for ant-mediated evolution. Journal of Animal Ecology 70(2): 237-247.

M.S. Barzman & R.G. Mutters. 2001. BIFS Survey Update: The current status of straw and weed management, and opportunities for input reduction in rice. Davis, California. Sustainable Agriculture, 13(3): 7-9.

M.S. Barzman & L. Das. 2000. Ecologising rice-based systems in Bangladesh. Low External Input and Sustainable Agriculture, 16 (4): 16-17.

M.S. Barzman. 1998. The Sustainable Agriculture Networking & Education (SANE) process in Africa. In : Farmers, NGOs and Lighthouses: Learning from Three Years of Training, Networking and Field Activities. M. Altieri, ed., pp. 27-59, UNDP, New York.

M.S. Barzman & B. Peguero. 1996. El marco institucional y el uso de agroquímicos en la producción de arroz irrigado en la República Dominicana. In : Agricultura Sostenible, Políticas para la República Dominicana. D. Perrot-Maitre, ed. Winrock International, 73-94, Santo Domingo.

M.S. Barzman, N.J. Mills & Nguyen T.T. Cuc. 1996. Traditional knowledge and rationale for weaver ant husbandry in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam. Agriculture and Human Values, 13(4): 2-9.