Tag Archives: farm policy

Created by the French government as part of its large project “Industry of the Future,” the Smart Food Plan encourages business innovation in favor of an agro-food industry that’s more connected, more competitive and more respectful of the environment and agricultural workers. The agriculture sector is facing many unique new challenges: citizens are growing increasingly […]

©Xavier.Remongin/MinAgri.Fr Representatives of more than 50 member states of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development and international organizations, including 23 ministers of Agriculture, met in Paris on April 7th and 8th for an exchange on agricultural policy and to define priorities for public agricultural policies. The meeting was co-chaired by French Minister of Agriculture […]

Several French banks and insurance companies specializing in agriculture have announced plans to begin offering crop insurance for farmers to reduce climate-based risks to their farms. The National Committee of Risk Management in Agriculture set the terms for the new type of insurance, which is currently offered by Groupama, Crédit agricole, Axa and Aviva. The […]

Over the past decades, animal welfare has become an increasingly central concern and consumers have raised their voices to stand for a more in-depth consideration of this issue. Although animal welfare is already strongly regulated by both the European Union and the French Legislations, the French Agriculture Ministry has gone one step further by issuing […]

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 […]

The Ecophyto plan is part of France’s major plan to shift the agricultural production towards the principles of agro-ecology. Launched in 2008, it aims at reducing the use of pesticides by half by 2018, encouraging farmers to use alternative ways of controlling crops. On December 9th, the annual meeting of the Ecophyto plan monitoring committee […]

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 […]

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 […]

Several droughts have been affecting the world these last years. There are multiple consequences on the crop farmers, on the livestock but also and more perilously on the global food security. All the nations are therefore affected and an increase of the cereal’s price is observed. The French government has released an action plan in […]

The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in France is on track to be reformed by 2013. After a wide-ranging public debate in November 2010, the European Commission presented a communiqué on “The CAP towards 2020,” which outlined options for the future CAP and launched the dialogue with other institutions and stakeholders. On 12 October 2011, the […]