Cheick Saidou /

Launched by the Ministry for Higher Education, Research, and Innovation, the Zero Pesticide Goal Program is part of the French government’s goal of moving toward an agriculture that is more respectful of the environment and better for human health. It creates a roadmap that is clear and ambitious for the scientific community to develop, with actors from the world of agriculture, new alternative practices to the use of phytosanitary products (like pesticides and herbicides).

Funded with 30 million euros, its goal is to help emerge by 2030-2040, an agricultural system that uses no pesticides, through intensive use of agro-ecological principles, by encouraging organic regulation, with a special focus on the economic viability of the new practices.

Two actions are proposed for this priority research program. A call for proposals will be launched by the National Research Agency to finance research programs on the frontlines of science. With a greater focus on mastering prevention, it will generalize organic regulation and implement sustainable and innovative production systems. These systems could also focus open a better use of digital tools to put in place more detailed monitoring of bioagressors.

Meanwhile, an intensive events program will be proposed for the scientific and agricultural communities, including, for example, annual conferences of the creation of informative documents to be sent to farmers.

The scientific leadership will be handled by the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA), while the National Research Agency will handle the selection and follow-up steps with the projects.