Policies & Programs

The French Ministry of Agriculture recently hosted a symposium on conservation farming in order to better understand this method of production. Soil conservation agriculture is based on the simultaneous implementation of three agricultural practices in synergy: permanent soil cover, longer crop rotations, and increased crop diversity, in addition to untilled soil practices. This symposium dealt […]

On the sidelines of the Global Climate action Summit organized in San Francisco on September 13 and 14, the State of California, and in particular the California Department of Food and Agriculture, launched with France the Global Soil Health Challenge. On behalf of France, Stéphane Travert, French Minister of Agriculture and Food, signed the Global […]

The French Ministry of Agriculture and Food is organizing its inaugural edition of the event Bioeconomy Trophies. They will reward industry projects that promote bioresources for various uses, which can serve as substitutes for carbon-intensive solutions. The contest will take place from September 17 of this year to March 3, 2019. The deadline for participating […]

The French Ministry of Agriculture, in collaboration with the French ministries of the environment, foreign affairs, the economy, and research and innovation, unveiled the content of the National Strategy Against Imported Deforestation, whose principles were first announced in 2017. The unveiling of the proposed plan is the first step before its final adoption, and it […]

A new French Food Chain Health Monitoring platform was launched at the end of July 2018. Its 14 founding organizational members signed an outline agreement embodying their desire to collectively strengthen health monitoring of the food supply chain. The French ministries of agriculture, health and consumer protection, French scientific organizations, technical institutes, professional organizations, and […]

At the closing of a meeting on organic agriculture in France, Stéphane Travert, French Minister of Agriculture, unveiled the completed Organic Ambition 2022 plan, announced earlier this year. The plan is a more complete version of a roadmap released this spring, and is organized around seven major axes. Here is summary of the overall approach […]

Agricultural soils are a strategic resource for states, as they are indispensable in feeding the population, and are thus important for food security. If, on the one hand, they can support solid economic activity, which is particularly important in rural areas where agriculture constitutes the spinal column of human activity, they are also a fragile […]

French Minister of Agriculture and Food Stéphane Travert recently congratulated the “methanization” working group that is aiming to accelerate the installation of methanization projects and to fully professionalize the industry. In the area of agricultural methanization, for which Stéphane Travert has dedicated 100 million euros of the agricultural component of France’s Large Investment Plan, the […]

The French Directorate General for Food (Direction générale de l’alimentation – DGAL) has just released its activity report for the year 2017. The DGAL is responsible for maintaining food safety and quality at all levels of the food chain in France, as well as the animal and plant health, and animal welfare, in coordination with […]

In March, a permanent parliamentary Commission of the French parliament, charged with science and technological issues, published a report on the importance of carbon soil sequestration as a major issue for climate and food. It notably underlined the importance of the French-initiated 4 per 1000 Initiative. The report stresses the important role of soils regarding […]