French Agrifood Industry

The French Minister of Agriculture, Stéphane Travert, officially launched the workshops portion of the Estates General of Food (Etats Généraux de l’Alimentation: EGA), launched earlier this year and which will continue into the fall. Since July 20, a dozen ministries involved in this working group worked on three components of the EGA. Fourteen thematic workshops […]

The 13th Conference of the Parties (COP) on the fight against desertification is taking place in China from Sept. 6 to 16, 2017. In preparation for this event, the World Future Council identified, on a planetary scale, the most innovative policies and those best placed to stop soil degradation and desertification. As part of this, […]

How should we prepare for future climate disruptions of agriculture and agricultural water resources over the coming two decades? A team of French senior experts from the Ministry of Agriculture has prepared a report evaluating the different possibilities. The authors looked for answers based on scenarios founded on six case studies in France. In their […]

The selection of project winners for ‘innovative initiatives in agriculture and the food industry’ has been completed. This competition of innovations, organized as part of the investments of the future program of the General Commissariat for Investment (agency under the French Prime Minister’s authority, whose goal is to provide financing for selected innovative projects), allowed […]

In order to reduce the ongoing effects of climate change, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and storing carbon are global objectives of major importance that each level of government nationwide must support. Forests and, more largely, the forest and wood industry are strategic for limiting the effects of climate change, particularly thanks to their ability to […]

In the framework of the national plan against vineyard deterioration (decreasing yields and premature death of the vine due to multiple factors: pest and disease, environmental stress…), nine research projects were chosen for financing by a partnership between the French government and the wine industry. These remarkable, high quality scientific projects distinguished themselves from among […]

Businesses, start-ups, researchers, agricultural professionals, developers, and pre-selected students will meet at the #DigitAg Challenge with one objective: inventing the digital services of tomorrow. The issues are to show the positive impact of open data to boost innovation and to prepare some application that a future agricultural data portal could host. Following the recommendations of […]

The French Ministry of Agriculture celebrated the growing positive reputation of agroecology in France. In January 2017, 83% of farmers said that they had heard about agroecology, against 79% in 2016 and only 50% in 2015. Additionally, 73% of farmers have already engaged in at least three agroecology procedures, this figure increasing to an impressive […]

During this year’s International Agricultural Show in Paris in early March, French Minister of Agriculture Stéphane Le Foll announced the creation of a new National Reference Center for Animal Welfare. Led by the French National Institute of Agronomic Research, INRA, this is a landmark measure coming from the Animal Welfare Action Plan launched by the […]

The application of products that protect vines is present in all vineyards, notably products that protect the leaves against mildew and powdery mildew, two important leaves diseases. In the context of a necessary reduction in the use of pesticides and of the consumers demand, genetic resistance of vines is key. The French Institute of Agronomic […]