French Agrifood Industry

A network of 18 Wholesale markets (« Marché d’Intérêt National » – MIN) organizes the distribution of fresh products in France. It represents 35% of the French food distribution market. What is a MIN? MINs were created in 1953 after World War II in conditions of food scarcity. They allowed for the modernization and efficiency […]

Over the past 40 years, the number of corporate agricultural organizations in France has increased from 1% to 30% of the total number of farms. Farmers and ranchers get involved in a corporate organization of farms for many reasons: division of labor, optimization of production, protection of private wealth, integration of capital providers, and the […]

The French agrifood industry is one of France and Europe’s most important economic sectors, and the French Ministry of Agriculture, Agrifood and Forestry’s office of Statistics and Studies has just released a comprehensive fact sheet, breaking down the industry piece by piece and examining what makes it so unique. In addition to the figures presented […]

Agreenium, a French consortium of the elite agronomic research and training institutions in France, unveiled their first online course during the 2015 International Agricultural Exhibition (SIA) in Paris last February 24th. The course is on Agro-ecology and it is already open for registration for the 2015-2016 academic year. This marks the first step in a […]

  “Territorial anchorage” refers to the establishment of a reliable local food system that caters to and develops the agricultural predisposition of a specific land. The idea is that by taking full advantage of the natural strengths of a locality, producers will intersect in a more intimate with consumers and everyone in between, thereby reconnecting […]

Seven billion people and in just a few decades 9 billion people, global warming, biodiversity, obesity, malnutrition… Food, agriculture and forestry are at the heart of these major challenges of our time. Their role is essential if we are to meet the growing and changing demand for food, to preserve the environment and contribute to […]

The CIRAD announced that the results of the study have been published in the scientific review Nature on July 11th. The research was achieved together with the CEA-Genoscope (the French National Sequencing Center) and funded by the ANR (the main French research funding organization). The research works have been achieved within the Global Musa Genomics […]

The International Barley Sequencing Consortium (ISBC) made a discovery last October with the help of the National Center of Vegetal Genomic Resources(CNRGV), part of the French National Institute of Agricultural Research (INRA). The study found a physical, genetic and functional sequence assembly of the barley genome. The project presents an integrated and ordered physical, genetic […]

P.I.V.E.R.T. – Picardy Plant Innovations, Teaching and Technological Research is a cross-disciplinary project  financed by many stakeholders including several universities, public resource outlets, and industries such as Sofiprotéol, Solvay, Maguin, PCAS, and SNC-Lavallin. On June 6, the French Government granted funding of 64.25 million euros to this innovative research and training center to be paid […]

1- What is a competitiveness cluster? A competitiveness cluster brings together firms, research laboratories and educational establishments from the same sector to work together. They lead projects that foster innovation and give partner firms the chance to become first in their fields, both in France and abroad. France provides support for cluster development at both […]