In 2012, the French Agroforestry Association (AFAF) launched the Agr’eau programme to implement agro-ecology and protect water resources. Agr’eau is applied on the scale of large river basins. The historical pilot region is the Adour-Garonne basin supported in particular by the Water Agency. Agr’eau is a network of farmers, advisers, researchers and private and public stakeholders. This farmer-led programme is based on three axes:
- The animation of a network of farmers and technicians (100 monitored farms)
- Research and development through the acquisition of technical and economic references
- Popularisation and dissemination of knowledge to the general public
The Fondation Avril supports the Agr’eau project by contributing to the “Research and Development” through the following three actions:
- Creation and improvement of tools and methodologies for measuring and analysing the performances.
- Collective experimentation with 15 pilot farms → The objective is to set up protocols to experiment techniques that aim to maximise the plant cover of the soils throughout the year.
- Collective experimentation on 7 experimental farms → The goal is to set up “locomotive” trials on the network’s pioneer farms.