and transition
of agricultural models

Chair « Mutations Agricoles »

Fondation Avril supports the deployment of the « Agricultural Mutations » Chair, created in 2013 at ESA Angers. This Chair is based in particular on the work of eight professors-researchers in sociology and economics. It intends to analyse the changes in the agricultural professions in order to facilitate settlement, entrepreneurship and job creation as well as to improve working conditions in agriculture. The collective dynamics of installation and cooperation between producers and third parties actors are major points of the study, as are those related to digital technologies.

The Chair holds two conferences per year. It is also at the initiative of « Esa Connect, le rendez-vous de l’agriculture connectée » (Esa Connect, the meeting place for connected agricultures).


Established in the West of France, Ecole Supérieure d’Agriculture (ESA) is closely linked to the agricultural, agri-industrial and environmental context of this region. Involved in major higher education networks, the institution has developed a national and international dimension. Its administrators, coming from business world, seek to open the school to students from all walks of life, to professionals and more generally to society.


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.