French regions committed to the development of regional food systems during the conference organized by the Brittany region and association of French regions (ARF) on July 4th 2014, in Rennes.
This conference, held under the patronage of Pierrick Massiot, President of the Brittany region, was part of the official events organized by France for the International Year of Family Farming promoted by the UN General Assembly.
Offering an alternative to agro-food industry and mass consumption, regional food systems aim at re-valuing the products from short supply-chains, and favoring family farming, small enterprises and alternative supply chains. They limit environmental impact and waste along the food chain.
The conference in Rennes, which gathered around 200 elected representatives, civil servants and experts, presented innovative practices of given territories and international cooperation opportunities between the North and the South.
The signature of the Rennes Declaration on Territorial Food Systems ARF 2015 allowed regions to officially present their interest in and their commitment to regional food systems. The ARF wishes mainly to “further encourage French regions in promoting regional food systems on their territory and in their actions for international cooperation”.
Through the Declaration, the French regions call for the creation of a stronger link between regional policies, reinforced by the recent transfer of management from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD), and the national agricultural policy. They commit to develop synergies taking into account the characteristics of regional systems in creating regional rural development programs.
Download the Declaration in French - Déclaration de Rennes pour des Systèmes alimentaires territorialisés or in English – Rennes Declaration on Territorial Food Systems ARF 2015.
For more information (in French), please visit the ARF’s website.