Policies & Programs

Is it possible to improve the food supply of people having to face financial difficulties, while taking into account both nutritional quality and food price? According to a new study from the French Institute of Agronomic Research, the answer is yes, based on more than five years of research in poor neighborhoods of Marseille in […]

The interbranch organization which represents and drives the French forestry industry, France Bois Forêt, last month launched a three year communication campaign designed to boost wood consumption in France. This campaign will receive the support of the French Ministry of Agriculture, Minister Stéphane Travert announced. With 440,000 jobs spread across close to 60,000 businesses and […]

French Minister of Agriculture Stéphane Travert acclaimed the excellent results of the first Ecoantibio plan, which was in place from 2012 to 2016. The target figures for reducing the use of antibiotics for animal health were not only met but largely surpassed. The results bear witness to the actions and engagement of all involved parties […]

During the International Animal Production Show taking place in Rennes this month, the French Ministry of Agriculture launched a new communications campaign destined for livestock farmers and veterinarians. The promotion of reasonable and prudent use of antibiotics in both veterinary and human medicine is a major global public health challenge. The Ministry of Agriculture has […]

France initiated the first ministerial conference for the protection of forests in Europe (Strasbourg, 1990) during which European states pledged to implement a policy of conserving forest genetic resources, which was reaffirmed in 2004 during the interministerial conference in Vienna as part of the sustainable forest management policy. Following the conference in Strasbourg, the French […]

This year, the World Food Council joined with the United Nations Convention in its fight against desertification in order to give out its prestigious Future Policy Award 2017. The 4 per 1000 Initiative, aimed at increasing the storage of carbon in agricultural soils, is one of the seven policies being considered for the award this […]

Following the launch of France’s National Strategy of Bioeconomy in January, the French Ministry of Agriculture has released a draft Bioeconomy Action Plan for public comments. This plan is based on themed workshops that took place during the previous two years and proposes several avenues of work for the years to come, structured around the […]

The French Minister of Agriculture, Stéphane Le Foll, recently signed the second National Pact Against Food Waste for the period of 2017-2020. This plan aims for a 50% reduction in food waste by 2025, through encouraging better management of unsold food products and food donations, by reinforcing innovation and partnerships between actors, deploying new communication […]

The French Ministry of Agriculture’s National Forestry Office recently recognized the French forest of Bercé in the Loire Valley as an “Exceptional Forest.” France’s Exceptional Forest program highlights well-managed state-owned forests. The forest of Bercé was officially declared an Exceptional Forest during a ceremony March 18th. These forests, often former royal forests, are the fruits […]

The Directorate General for Food (DGAL), the agency in the French Ministry of Agriculture in charge of food safety and quality, animal and plant health, as well as animal welfare, released its annual report highlighting key initiatives, facts and figures from 2016. The DGAL is preparing for the future with an agricultural system that is […]