The aim of the Rural Development Policy is to contribute to the development of rural territories and an agricultural sector that is more balanced, more climate-friendly, more resilient in the face of climate change, more competitive, and more innovative.

A competitive and environmentally-friendly agriculture and forestry sector, high-quality food products, an occupied rural area that is managed in a balanced way, and a diversified rural economy are the objectives of the Rural Development Policy. This is commonly known as the “second pillar” of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

It accompanies and complements the income support policies of the first pillar of the CAP and falls within the scope of an innovative and competitive economy, in keeping with the principles of sustainable development.

This policy is financed in France by:

EAFRD - European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development

For the 2014-2020 period, France is receiving 12 billion euros to implement this policy.


Progress of the 2014-2020 EAFRD programme as of 31 March 2019.

Projects financed as part of rural development policy

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