Pascal Xicluna / agriculture.gouv.fr

A new measure, launched by the French Ministry for Agriculture and Food, is financed with 10 million euros, and allows new farmers (having worked less than five years) to perform personalized carbon diagnostics of their farm.

This tool helps to identify different actions farmers can take to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to develop carbon storage techniques. The farm will come away from the diagnostic with an individualized report with an action plan and personalized follow-up program.

The French government provides 90% of the financing for the program, farmers need only pay 10% of the costs.

A breakthrough for climate and farm economic optimization

Agriculture offers solutions in the fight against climate change, it has an essential role to play in France’s national low-carbon goal set by the government for 2050. Just like forests, farms contribute to carbon storage. A good carbon diagnostic tool is an essential step forward for farmers in the fight against climate change.

How does the climate diagnostic work?

The tool starts with an in-depth analysis of the farm, including its greenhouse gas emissions, its carbon storage potential, and its vulnerability to climate change.

From this analysis, the farmer receives a proposed action plan to allow them to identify both tools for reducing greenhouse gas emissions (by changing or improving certain practices) and solutions for increasing carbon storage.

Some months later, a progress report is established on any progress and difficulties encountered by the farmer, and recommendations are provided to help the farm adjust their practices, if necessary.