Policies & Programs

I. Agriculture is a strategic sector for the European Union (EU) European agriculture ensures food security Food security was one of the priorities set for the common agricultural policy (CAP) after the Second World War. This objective is still a priority today: agricultural production will need to increase in the coming years to meet the […]

There is a new label on the shelves in France. Stéphane Le Foll, French Minister of Agriculture, presented this “Haute Valeur Environnementale” (High Environmental Value) logo as a means of recognizing agrifood farms and establishments that meet the highest environmental standards of production. The logo will appear on all products that come from such certified […]

  “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 […]

French Minister of Agriculture Stéphane Le Foll joined around 160 people from the Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Health on November 12th in Paris to discuss progress on the fight against antibiotic resistance in humans and animals. This, the third seminar of its kind, was organized by the French General Directorate for Food – […]

On October 7th the French Minister of Agriculture Stephane Le Foll revealed the nature of the French Public Food Policy (PPA) through the presentation of four revamped axes of the updated policy. These four priorities better reflect and support contemporary French society and represent the desire to establish high quality food and nutrition as a […]

On April 28th, 2014, more than a year after its inception, French Minister of Agriculture Stéphane Le Foll presented the first updates and results of the sustainability program for the beekeeping sector. This 40 million euros ($55 million) three-year program initially launched on February 8th, 2013, and seeks to strengthen the French beekeeping sector in […]

The objective of this new “baseline contract” is to offer compensation for production costs rather than for the farmer’s revenue. The indemnity would give them the opportunity to re-launch a production cycle after having faced losses due to catastrophes incurred by extreme weather. This new insurance policy will be affordable for most farmers and ranchers […]

In France, Agro-Ecology has officially made its way into French law, seeking to combine economic, environmental and social performance, reduce the consumption of energy, water, fertilizer, pesticides and veterinary medicine, and to work with natural mechanisms instead of against them. The incorporation of Agro-Ecology into law took over two years and required the laying of […]

France has a unique food safety system that achieves a complete separation between risk assessment (by ANSES, the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety) and risk management (by the Ministry of Agriculture, the French Directorate General for Food (DGAL) for food of animal origin, and by the Ministry of Economics, the […]

The EU “Food Distribution Program for the Most Deprived Persons” The EU “Food Distribution Program for the Most Deprived Persons” (MDP) is an important source of provisions for organizations working in direct contact with the least fortunate people of our society. The program has been in place since December 1987, when the Council adopted the […]