and transition
of agricultural models

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. This call for projects supports the early engineering phase and project management phase.

It also supports the “skills development and networking” of actors, as well as capitalization on projects in partnership with Fondation RTE, Réseau National des Chambres d’Agriculture, Sol et Civilisation, Cap Rural and AgroParisTech “Interactions” Chair.

35 applications were submitted during the application phase (April to June 2019). After a pre-selection phase by a jury of experts and hearing of the finalist projects, French government and Fondation Avril selected 9 multi-actor projects, with a total budget of 324 772 euros.

To discover the 9 projects


Operated under the direct authority of the regional prefect, the regional administration of food, agriculture and forests is a decentralized service of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture. It is also a regional service of FranceAgriMer. Under the authority of the Minister of Agriculture, the DRAAF exercises the academic authority over the agricultural technical and higher education and implements national statistical surveys.



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.

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.

Long-Term Unemployed Zero Territories

Fondation Avril is convinced that there is a pool of unfilled jobs in agriculture that limits the development of new agricultural activities. Short channels, for instance, force farmers to get involved in processing, sales and distribution.

Chair « Mutations Agricoles »

This Chair is based in particular on the work of eight professors-researchers in sociology and economics.