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Rural Resilience in France

“Nos Campagnes en Résilience” is the name of ARC2020’s new project to build rural resilience in France. This process starts on the ground, with people. People who are finding new ways to live and grow in harmony with their community and with nature.  We’re connecting with people all over France who are engaged in experiments in socio-ecological transition. The seeds of resilience are often sown on farms that are exploring new forms of cooperation with their local communities.  We want to support these experiments by creating a space for these French farmers to connect with their European colleagues, and to tell their stories. We want to allow rural communities across Europe to learn about the French art de vivre, and the richness and diversity of rural life in France. By amplifying the voices behind what’s working on the ground, we want to spotlight how rural communities can not just survive, but thrive. The Nos Campagnes en Résilience project is an opportunity to come together to share and reflect on our experiences, successes and failures, to […]

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France | Lessons from Agricultural Archeology

Since he first set foot in Vachères-en-Quint in La Drôme, France, almost half a century ago, Sjoerd Wartena has followed in the footsteps of the older generation, who taught him how to farm and raise animals in these austere uplands. Still fascinated by the ways of our predecessors, he has taken to tracing the remnants of farming practices indigenous to the area. Here he reflects on what we can learn from past generations and their ability to adapt to harsh conditions. […]

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France | Letter To The Next Generation

Sjoerd Wartena first went “back to nature” almost half a century ago. In this letter to the younger generation he reflects on our relationship with nature and the land, the importance of modelling change, and the role of humility and compassion in giving humanity a second chance. […]

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“How to ensure a Just Transition towards net zero? State of play from Scotland, New Zealand, France and the UK”

This web-conference, organised by the Scottish Government’s Paris Hub in partnership with IDDRI and with the support of Sciences Po’s  “Make it work” initiative, will present Scotland’s approach to climate change and the just transition. The experiences of France, New Zealand and the UK in these areas will also be explored. For further details and information on how to register, see here.  

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France Sees World’s Biggest Increase in Organic Land Area

The organic market in France was worth E 9.1 billion in 2018, according to “The World of Organic Agriculture 2020” which comes out every February. Organic land area in France grew by 16.7% in 2018 – a huge increase for a single year. This growth of 290,000 hectares brings France to 2.04 million hectares, now second only to Spain in Europe, and the sixth highest land area farmed organically in the world. […]

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Rural Dialogues | Intergenerational Collaboration in the Vineyards of Southern France

Lack of access to affordable land is one they key obstacles to new farming entrants. The sector is suffering from a seriously aging population which puts the future of European small-scale farming at risk. How can we encourage more young people to get into the profession when access to land is so tricky? Natasha Foote talks us through the problem and explores one exciting approach on the vineyards of Southern France. […]

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France to Use CAP for Agroecological Transition?

Back in December, the French government published a position paper on the proposed CAP reform. This document included some of the expected, cautious remarks but also took some unexpected turns – for one promoting an agroecological transition. We pick out the key takeaways here.  […]

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CETA Outed and Outlined in France

Non-government organisations on both sides of the Atlantic are restating their arguments against the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union, which was signed on October 30. The race is on to prevent CETA from being ratified in the coming months. […]