A new call for projects, funded with €7.5 million by the French recovery plan (France Relance), was launched Dec. 1 to develop project in favor of healthy, local, and sustainable food in the heart of France. It is part of the goals developed by the National Program for Food (Programme National pour l’Alimentation, PNA).
The COVID-19 health crisis has highlighted the need to strengthen the resiliency of the French food system in all its dimensions and the importance of relocalizing French agriculture and food to provide access to healthy, safe, and sustainable food to all. These issues are those of the National Program for Food that aim to develop concrete actions to reach this goal.
As part of the PNA, a national call for projects is launched each year by the ministry in charge of food to develop cooperation projects that can easily be mobilized rapidly and/or that are excellent examples of the goals of the PNA. Since 2014, more than 190 projects, with total financing of around €25 million, were financed and supported across France with up to €8.7 million each.
The French Ministry of Agriculture and Food hopes to strengthen the development of such projects, relating to local government, private organizations and agricultural cooperatives, allowing everyone to get involved in their food, particularly through local food projects (projets alimentaires territoriaux, PAT).
This is why the French recovery plan announced by the government Sept. 3, 2020, includes a measure dedicated to supporting PATs with €80 million, with €3 million reserved for the emergency of new PATs through a national call for projects are part of the National Program for Food. In the same way, Ademe (the French Agency for Ecological Transition, in charge of moving towards environmental sustainability) decided to increase its support for projects in the PNA by offering €3 million in support.
The new edition of the national call for PNA projects is thus composed of €7.5 million in financing, about 4 times the amount of the previous edition, bringing together the support of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food at €4.3 million, of Ademe at €3 million, and of the French Ministry of Health to €200,000.