and transition
of agricultural models

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. These downstream professions may be of interest to long-term unemployed people involved in the « Territoires Zéro Chômeur de Longue Durée » program (Long-Term Unemployed Zero Territories).

10 territories are involved in the process so far, including five rural areas. The Foundation supported the association in order to identify agricultural activities likely to interest the long-term unemployed residing in these rural territories.

Five projets were launched in 2019, including a vegetable factory, a cannery, and an agricultural services company. This partnership is preparing phase 2 of the TZCLD project, which should see the number of experimental territories increase from 10 to more than 50 from 2020.


A cannery project in the Meurthe et Moselle region

The implementation of a cannery in order to process fruits and vegetables within the EBE (companies aiming to reintegrate the unemployed) and in collaboration with the local agricultural producers: this project intended by all of the regional actors, should employ 8 former long term unemployed workers who have become employees of the EBE. The cannery should establish new opportunities for the vegetable producers of the Pays de Colombay municipalities community and southern Toulois. Stay tuned…


The « Territoires Zéro Chômeur de Longue Durée » (TZCLD) association offers, on an experimental basis, to any long-term unemployed person who asks for it, permanent employment by developing activities that meets the needs of the territories without significant additional cost for the community.


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.