Sustainable Agriculture & Forestry

Nearly one thousand people from 72 countries, including French Minister of Agriculture, Stéphane Le Foll, attended the third global scientific conference on Climate-Smart Agriculture in Montpellier, France from March 16-18, 2015. For those who may not know, climate-smart agriculture (CSA) is an approach that prioritizes agricultural development in relation to climate change while including additional […]

2.5 million acres, 26,500 producers and 12,577 processors, distributers and importers: these are the most recent figures on the organic market in France, according to Agence BIO. Agence BIO, the French public body responsible for developing and promoting organic farming, recently published its 10th annual report on the organic industry in France in 2014, and […]

The Ecophyto plan was developed by the French Ministry of Agriculture in 2008 with the purpose of progressively reducing the use of pesticides while maintaining a robust agricultural economy in France. Since its inception, the program has mobilized farmers, researchers and civil servants to engage in numerous initiatives to achieve the plan’s goals across the […]

On October 17, an international symposium was held in Paris to explore issues related to agro-ecology. Organized by the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA), the symposium brought together experts in research, training, and agricultural innovation, as well as technical institutes and stakeholders in agricultural development. At the event, Stéphane Le Foll, French Minister […]

Family agriculture represents 70% of the world food production and family farmers account for 40% of the global active population. But paradoxically, 72% of starving people are farmers, not earning enough to be able to provide food in sufficient quantities to their families. This is one of the main issues addressed by the organizations participating […]

At the beginning of the International Year of Family Farming, Marine Renaudin, Food Security and Development Strategy Officer for the Development and International Organizations Office of the French Agriculture Ministry, presents the Ministry’s involvement during this year long event. What is the International Year of Family Farming? 2014 was proclaimed International Year of Family Farming […]

1- The CAP reform at the EU level The first pillar, representing the Direct Payments, has been reformed. The payment disparities between Member States, known as external convergence, will be reduced through the introduction of a minimum national average direct payment per hectare across all Member States by 2020. Currently, the level of direct payments […]

The French Minister of Agriculture Stéphane Le Foll took part in the October 7 meeting concerning agricultural price volatility at the FAO’s headquarters in Rome. These meetings were initiated by France in 2013 in order to complement the process launched at the G20 agricultural meeting regarding the trade and regulation of agricultural commodities, which was […]

For 2014/2024, the CAP budget in France will reach $10 billion annually for direct payments from the first pillar and $1.8 billion for the second pillar. The French Ministry for Agriculture, Food Industry and Forestry, Stéphane Le Foll, immediately welcomed this agreement, leading to a “greener and fairer CAP” that promotes diversity in the agricultural […]

The “Ambition Bio 2017” program is one of the most agro-ecological measures taken by the French Government to make producers, distributors, and citizens work together. Six main goals have been defined: To develop organic production. An incentive system will encourage farmers to keep their fields under organic management. This goal will be mainly financed by […]