Policies & Programs

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 […]

The French Ministry of Agriculture has announced its key proposals for what the European Union’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) should prioritize for 2020 and beyond to better meet the common agricultural needs of the EU of the future. The CAP, which was introduced in 1962, serves as the key EU-wide tool to structure agricultural policies […]

The French government recently made some important announcements about the 4 per 1000 Initiative for Food Security and Climate, which aims to reduce climate change by increasing carbon sequestration in soils. Just to remember the objective of the 4 per 1000 Initiative: According to scientists, if the annual amount of carbon stored in soils was […]

As part of its fight against climate change, the city of Paris launched a call for proposals for a project with a goal of greening the capital through the expansion of urban agriculture. The city and its partners have made 47 sites throughout Paris available to grow plants and vegetables in the heart of the […]

France’s agro-ecology project has made big progress in 2015. French Agriculture Minister Stéphane Le Foll recently announced new worksites for 2016, notably the adaptation of environmental standards to agro-ecological modes of productions. Mr. Le Foll also welcomed the concrete advances in France’s agro-ecological project, in particular the creation of the first 250 Economic and Environmental […]

French Minister of Agriculture Stéphane Le Foll announced April 19 that he was increasing the resources available to France’s Ecophyto 2 plan, in an effort to reduce and improve the use of plant protection products like pesticides, to 71 million euros. Initially, the plan was funded with 40 million euros. France’s Ecophyto 2 plan aims […]