and transition
of agricultural models


Fondation Avril supported the Compagnon project, run by the Open Agrifood Initiatives Fund, for two years. Compagnon is a digital platform that offers residents of peri-urban and rural areas a range of services between individuals or between individuals and professionals around food (shopping, delivery of meal baskets, home cooking…), childcare (child care, tutoring…), mobility (carpooling, lending vehicules…), and house-sitting (feeding and walking pets, watering plants, receptionning parcels…).

The platform is now available for two rural « Communities of Communes »: Picardie Verte and Portes de Sologne. Identification of services to be offered on the platform ended in 2018. It is now up to th two Communities to run their platform and extend the tool, under a white-label, to other local authorities wishing to develop it on their territory.

“We are fully committed to the project because it has helped us create and preserve jobs on our territory but also attract service users.”

Jean-Paul Roche,
President of the Community of municipal authorities of Portes de Sologne


Open Agrifood is a unique meeting and exchange place for all actors in the food industry. This project-event aims to develop food of tomorrow.



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.

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.