Sustainable Agriculture & Forestry

Over the past decades, animal welfare has become an increasingly central concern and consumers have raised their voices to stand for a more in-depth consideration of this issue. Although animal welfare is already strongly regulated by both the European Union and the French Legislations, the French Agriculture Ministry has gone one step further by issuing […]

Innovation in the agricultural sector is key to achieve better economic and environmental outcomes. That’s why the governmental agency, FranceAgriMer, has launched an initiative that aims at supporting projects that outstandingly integrate the following objectives: • increasing the competitiveness of production • better control of energy and water consumption • decrease in use of phytosanitary […]

French Minister of Agriculture, Stéphane Le Foll, attended the G20 Agricultural Ministers Meeting on May 8, 2015 at the invitation of the G20 Turkish Presidency in order to address the different challenges related to global food security. This, the second ever event of its kind, takes place four years after the 2011 inaugural meeting organized […]

Agriculture can and must be part of the solution to climate change. The French Minister of Agriculture, Stéphane Le Foll, and Ambassador for Paris Climate 2015, Laurence Tubiana, emphasized this imperative at a conference that took place in Paris on April 27, 2015, during which they introduced the carbon sequestration program for agriculture, named “4 […]

Nearly one thousand people from 72 countries, including French Minister of Agriculture, Stéphane Le Foll, attended the third global scientific conference on Climate-Smart Agriculture in Montpellier, France from March 16-18, 2015. For those who may not know, climate-smart agriculture (CSA) is an approach that prioritizes agricultural development in relation to climate change while including additional […]

2.5 million acres, 26,500 producers and 12,577 processors, distributers and importers: these are the most recent figures on the organic market in France, according to Agence BIO. Agence BIO, the French public body responsible for developing and promoting organic farming, recently published its 10th annual report on the organic industry in France in 2014, and […]

The Ecophyto plan was developed by the French Ministry of Agriculture in 2008 with the purpose of progressively reducing the use of pesticides while maintaining a robust agricultural economy in France. Since its inception, the program has mobilized farmers, researchers and civil servants to engage in numerous initiatives to achieve the plan’s goals across the […]

On October 17, an international symposium was held in Paris to explore issues related to agro-ecology. Organized by the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA), the symposium brought together experts in research, training, and agricultural innovation, as well as technical institutes and stakeholders in agricultural development. At the event, Stéphane Le Foll, French Minister […]

Family agriculture represents 70% of the world food production and family farmers account for 40% of the global active population. But paradoxically, 72% of starving people are farmers, not earning enough to be able to provide food in sufficient quantities to their families. This is one of the main issues addressed by the organizations participating […]

At the beginning of the International Year of Family Farming, Marine Renaudin, Food Security and Development Strategy Officer for the Development and International Organizations Office of the French Agriculture Ministry, presents the Ministry’s involvement during this year long event. What is the International Year of Family Farming? 2014 was proclaimed International Year of Family Farming […]