and transition
of agricultural models

France Active

To help young people from rural areas to create their own business, Fondation Avril has chosen to support France Active since 2016, as part of the project Cap’Jeunes Ruraux.

This initiative contributes to the revitalization of rural areas by allowing, for example, young citizens under 26 to remain close to their home while setting up their business. To make this happen, Cap’Jeunes Ruraux combines a tailored support for each young entrepreneur and a 2 000 euros starting bonus. This bonus strengthens one’s initial investment and helps in raising additional funds. In 3 years, the Foundation has supported the creation of 60 businesses by young entrepreneurs living in rural areas.

Simultaneously, the Foundation is working with France Active to adapt its offer with the new financing needs linked to agricultural and food transitions, and to make agriculture a priority axis for France Active.


Takeover of a bakery in Lozère

A native of Aumont-Aubrac, Kevin has six years of experience in baking already. In July 2017, he came to learn that a bakery was to be taken over in St Chély d’Apcher. He seized the opportunity and joined the company as an employee on a permanent contract before taking over the trade a year later, in 2018. Kevin applied for financing from France Active for the purchase of the business.


« Empowering entrepreneurs’ success by giving them the keys to get involved » : France Active Association supports and finances the creation of companies by people who do not have access, on their own, to bank loans.


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.