and transition
of agricultural models

Au Cœur des Paysans

The association Au cœur des Paysans offers visits to farms along a hiking trail that crosses France by the « diagonal of emptiness » from Charleville-Mézières to Fort-Romeu. Since 2016, some 700 kilometres have already been traced and 70 farmers have welcomed walkers to discover their trades: a very pleasant way to rebuilt links between rural and urban areas.

The Au Cœur des Paysans team is committed to introducing hikers to French agriculture in all its forms: viticulture, polyculture/breeding, field crops, market gardening, special productions (snails, fish farming…) and farming models, from organic to sustainable agriculture. Hikers can contact farmers through the website, which lists all the routes and provide hikers with maps and useful information.

“I am overwhelmed when I welcome curious people and I feel that I have taught them things about food”

Philippe Bertand,
dairy farmer in the Châtillonnais region


Au Cœur des Paysans, created in 2016, aims to rebuilt links between urban populations and the agricultural world by promoting an understanding of the richness and diversity of agriculture in France.


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.


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.


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.