et transition
des modèles agricoles


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:

  1. Creation and improvement of tools and methodologies for measuring and analysing the performances.
  2. 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.
  3. Collective experimentation on 7 experimental farms → The goal is to set up “locomotive” trials on the network’s pioneer farms.


Created in 2007, AFAF works for the development of agroforestry in France, on the agricultural and political scene as well as with the general public. The association is a platform for exchange and partnership between farmers, operators of the field tree, research, political decision-makers, local authorities, administrations…


Fermes d’Avenir

Created at the end of 2013, the Fermes d’Avenir association, has the mission to develop agroecology. Through the creation of farms, its trainings, its competitions, its publications, its participative financing platform or the events it organizes, the association has woven links with about 500 farms engaged in an agroecological approach throughout France.


Conducted by a consortium of key players in the agricultural sector, initially led by Fondation Avril, the project initiated by NumAgri aims to promote value creation for French farmers by facilitating data exchanges between actors in the agricultural sector, from the farm to the consumer.

Call for Proposals – Territories with Positive Agriculture

In 2019, Fondation Avril and French government launched the call for projects « Massif central, Territories with Positive Agriculture » in order to initiate the emergence of local multi-actor projects in Massif Central (highland region, in the middle of Southern France), combining development that creates sustainable values onto territories and agricultural transitions.

MOOC « Sols et Changement Climatique »

As part of its « Soils and Climate » mission, Fondation Avril supports Agreenium through the development of an online course (MOOC – « Sols et Changement Climatique », Soils and Climate Change), to help spread knowledge about soils and their role in climate change and food security.