France 2030: first winners and 2 new calls to accelerate agricultural transitions and strengthen our food sovereignty in proteins

Structuring sectors and territories, supporting the industrialization of solutions and creating the conditions for a sustainable, structured and competitive food system are at the heart of France 2030’s ambitions. This unprecedented plan, dedicating more than 2.3 billion euros to agricultural and food transitions should allow us to invest in solutions for the future to accelerate the deployment of the 3rd agricultural revolution, that of life and knowledge at the service of our food sovereignty.

Open a 55 million euros as part of France 2030, these two calls aim to bring out collective research projects and support them from their implementation to their dissemination.

ACTIONS ALREADY TAKEN TO STRENGTHEN FOOD SOVEREIGNTY IN FRANCE AND IMPROVE FRENCH NUTRITION: 3 FIRST WINNERS

The first wave of the “Legume protein” call for projects aimed at bringing out a competitive offer of legume proteins, with a view to diversifying protein sources in human nutrition, ended on April 28, 2022.

She allowed to do it finance 3 projects for a total contribution of 7.9 million euros, associate consortia of public and private, scientific, technical and industrial partners, often in close contact with the sectors, to maximize the implementation and impact of the solutions developed.

These ambitious projects aim in particular at:

  • developing local and sustainable sources of soy protein (SOYSTANABLE, Coordination Université Toulouse Paul Sabatier III);
  • promote the consumption of legumes (JACK, Coordination Ecole Supérieure d’Agriculture – Member of the University of Brittany Loire);
  • increase the consumption of legume proteins (LETSPROSEED, Coordination INRAE).

These projects are consistent with the 3 priorities of the National Strategy for plant proteins desired by the President of the Republic and implemented from 2020 by the France Relance plan.

WILL TO GO FASTER: SECOND WAVE FOR THE “LEGUMINOUS PROTEIN” CALL

In order to accelerate the momentum already underway, the second wave of the “Pulse protein” call will open on November 2, 2022.

With a budget of 22.1 million euros, its objectives, like the first wave, will be to remove scientific and technical obstacles in the sectors of agricultural production, food processing and the adoption of legumes by consumers (visual, gustatory, olfactory development, etc.) in order to create a competitive market for the supply of legume proteins, with a view to diversifying protein sources for human consumption.
Built on public-private partnerships, projects must involve at least one research institution and one company and last from 3 to 6 years.

Proposals are foreseen on the three axes of the “Legume proteins” call (Production of legumes; Processing and consumption of legumes; Diversification and optimization).

Managed on behalf of the State by the National Research Agency, the “Legume proteins” call will open on 9 November 2022. The release date is scheduled for 27 April 2023 at 11.00.

Consultation address for the call:
https://anr.fr/ProtLeg-2022

A WILL TO GO BEYOND: OPENING OF THE “DIVERSIFICATION OF PROTEIN SOURCES” CALL

To strengthen our protein sovereignty, it seems essential to allow a wider diversification of protein sources for human and animal nutrition. This involves mobilizing France’s potential in terms of innovative proteins from new sources such as microalgae, insects or those of biotechnology within the framework of “circular economy” approaches.

Endowed with 25 million euros, the new “Diversification of protein sources” call will open on 2 November 2022 and will aim to transform potential into concrete projects, removing various obstacles related to production technologies, their environmental impact or their health, as in addition to improving the quality of the products developed for consumers (visual, gustatory, olfactory, ease of use, etc.).

Based on public-private partnerships, projects must involve at least one research institution and one company and last from 3 to 5 years.

Faced with the need to develop new protein resources for human and animal nutrition, this call will be able to support projects relating to better knowledge of these resources, their evaluation, their aptitude for eco-agile food processing and their adoption.

Managed on behalf of the State by the National Research Agency, the call for projects “Diversification of protein sources” will open on November 9, 2022.
The delivery date is set for May 9, 2023 at 11:00.

Consultation address for the call:
https://anr.fr/diversification-proteins-2022

Marc Fesneau, Minister of Agriculture and Food Sovereignty, She said : “Proteins are the first link in our food chain, they are essential for human and animal nutrition. By promoting the production of legumes and the diversification of protein sources, we support producers committed to meeting the new needs of consumers, while strengthening our food sovereignty. Striving for greater autonomy, in particular in feeding farm animals, promoting sustainable production methods, developing the supply of legumes, these are the government’s commitments through France 2030 and the national strategy for plant proteins. I welcome these new measures and congratulate the first winners of the Pulse Protein call. “

Christophe Béchu, Minister for Ecological Transition and Territorial Cohesion, She said : “The food transition is a pillar of the ecological transition. The topic of proteins is proof of this: supporting the development of new sources means supporting the evolution of diets towards lower-impact proteins. It is also an opportunity to support the transition of agricultural systems, particularly by developing protein-rich diversification crops, and thus to make our production more resilient. Creating sustainable sectors throughout the supply chain is an essential condition for improving our food sovereignty. “

Sylvie Retailleau, Minister of Higher Education and Research, She said : “Producing and consuming more legumes is obvious for the energy transition, as well as for our food sovereignty in protein and for our health. However, these changes are creating many challenges in terms of both agricultural and food practices: research is mobilizing to answer these questions and take up the challenge of healthier, more sustainable and sovereign food. “

Roland Lescure, Minister Delegate to the Minister of Economy, Finance and Industrial and Digital Sovereignty, Head of Industry, She said : “The demographic and ecological challenges facing the planet force us to think about developing new sources of protein on a larger scale. I am convinced that the France 2030 schemes will play an important role in the emergence and structuring of the production sectors of these alternative proteins. “

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