Policies & Programs

During the International Animal Production Show taking place in Rennes this month, the French Ministry of Agriculture launched a new communications campaign destined for livestock farmers and veterinarians. The promotion of reasonable and prudent use of antibiotics in both veterinary and human medicine is a major global public health challenge. The Ministry of Agriculture has […]

France initiated the first ministerial conference for the protection of forests in Europe (Strasbourg, 1990) during which European states pledged to implement a policy of conserving forest genetic resources, which was reaffirmed in 2004 during the interministerial conference in Vienna as part of the sustainable forest management policy. Following the conference in Strasbourg, the French […]

This year, the World Food Council joined with the United Nations Convention in its fight against desertification in order to give out its prestigious Future Policy Award 2017. The 4 per 1000 Initiative, aimed at increasing the storage of carbon in agricultural soils, is one of the seven policies being considered for the award this […]

Following the launch of France’s National Strategy of Bioeconomy in January, the French Ministry of Agriculture has released a draft Bioeconomy Action Plan for public comments. This plan is based on themed workshops that took place during the previous two years and proposes several avenues of work for the years to come, structured around the […]

The French Minister of Agriculture, Stéphane Le Foll, recently signed the second National Pact Against Food Waste for the period of 2017-2020. This plan aims for a 50% reduction in food waste by 2025, through encouraging better management of unsold food products and food donations, by reinforcing innovation and partnerships between actors, deploying new communication […]

The French Ministry of Agriculture’s National Forestry Office recently recognized the French forest of Bercé in the Loire Valley as an “Exceptional Forest.” France’s Exceptional Forest program highlights well-managed state-owned forests. The forest of Bercé was officially declared an Exceptional Forest during a ceremony March 18th. These forests, often former royal forests, are the fruits […]

The Directorate General for Food (DGAL), the agency in the French Ministry of Agriculture in charge of food safety and quality, animal and plant health, as well as animal welfare, released its annual report highlighting key initiatives, facts and figures from 2016. The DGAL is preparing for the future with an agricultural system that is […]

The French Ministry of Agriculture along with the French Ministry of Health and Social Affairs launched a national charter aiming to promote responsible and sustainable food in establishments like nursing homes and homes for people with disabilities. The medical-social establishments that commit to this charter pledge to offer healthy and appropriate food to the seniors […]

Forests cover vast terrestrial ecosystems and are among the large contemporary issues of global importance. The French Law on the Future of Agriculture, Food and Forests, adopted in October 2014, recognizes that it is in the general interest to protect and provide value to forests and woods, the preserve natural resources and biodiversity and to […]

Organic agriculture in France is scaling up quickly without losing its key values, according to a new report by the French organic agricultural agency, Agence Bio. Today, organic agriculture affects practically all French people. According to the latest polling numbers, nearly 90% of French people say they consumed organic food in 2016, and nearly 70% […]