Policies & Programs

More than 200 organizations have already signed the “4 per 1000 Initiative: Soils for Food Security and Climate,” representing important progress for soil, agriculture and climate. Bringing together civil society, nations, international funds and organizations was a challenge; bringing together 200 of them around a table on the question of agriculture and soils was a […]

France’s innovative 4 per 1000 Initiative: Soils for Food Security and Climate has made significant progress over the past year in preparation for the COP22 climate change conference taking place now in Marrakesh, Morocco. As a reminder, the 4 per 1000 Initiative was launched by France in 2015 to bring together all willing partners (national […]

Organic agriculture has been shown to have numerous positive benefits, a new study commissioned by the French Ministry of Agriculture has found. Biodiversity, air and water quality, soil fertility, climate and human health are all areas that are thought to benefit from organic agriculture. But quantifiable data to back these claims up are sometimes lacking, […]

Fighting food waste, which is a significant environmental concern, is a top priority for France. The French Ministry of Agriculture just announced that it would be enlisting an unlikely tool in helping to educate the general public in combatting it: Fables and fairy tales. A new nationwide ad campaign employing fairy tale heroes will be […]

Organic food products in France saw historic growth in 2016, according to new information announced by Agence Bio, the French agency for the development and promotion of organic farming. The agency estimates that the organic market saw an increase of approximately 20% in the first semester of 2016 compared to the same period in 2015, […]

Due to a rapidly changing climate caused by global greenhouse gas emissions, managing and providing for food security through innovative methods must be a key focus of international actors in the years to come. Following up on a study published in 2011 on “World Food Security in 2050,” two prominent French agricultural research institutions have […]

France has released its new comprehensive plan for the development of sustainable management of all agroforestry systems. Agroforestry systems bring together forestry and agricultural production in the same location, harkening back to traditional farming techniques that combined mixed crops and livestock. Due to its many benefits, France’s Agroforestry plan aims to bring this age-old tradition […]

The first festival dedicated entirely to the reduction of waste took place June 30 to July 2 in Paris. The Zero Waste Festival was dedicated to providing information, including practical and theoretical support, to the food industry, members of the public, and to local governments and other officials in order to reduce food and other […]

As part of its comprehensive food nutrition program, the French Ministry of Agriculture releases an “Almanac of my cafeteria” which provides detailed information on making the school food experience nutritious and balanced, but also tasty and enjoyable. These almanacs are part of France’s overall school food cafeteria policies to encourage a healthy relationship with and […]

During a visit earlier this month by French Minister for International Trade, Matthias Fekl, Napa Valley wine makers expressed to him their strong support for expanding and protecting the use of geographic indications (GIs) in the United States. The wine makers want to reinforce protections preventing others from unjustly using their name for their own […]