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.


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.

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.