Our approach

The Centre National d’Agroécologie (CNA) is a project led by agroecology stakeholders who pool their skills and expertise:

  • dissemination and exchange of knowledge,
  • training and technical support,
  • evaluation and measurement tools to design and manage agroecological systems.

Find the principles that guide the Centre National d’Agroécologie in its White Paper, a unifying document summarizing its fundamentals, its vision, its projects for the future.

Start the transition

Our approach to engagement is designed in stages:

  • 1

    We believe in the importance of supporting farmers in the phase prior to the transition, when they have questions about their practices. This initial phase of acculturation and acquisition of knowledge is essential. By providing access to the right, precise and applicable knowledge, as well as comprehensive feedback, we show them that it works!

  • 2

    The commitment can then continue by testing innovative practices on small areas, by exchanging with other practitioners, by using simple and accessible evaluation tools, etc. Training and support are then additional supports.

  • 3

    The documentation of these trials, successful trajectories, the assessments given during farm portraits and their provision constitute the reference framework which helps to raise awareness and train other farmers. The circle is complete !

La boucle vertueuse

Our approach to engaging


  • Action research

  • Methodology
  • Participatory research
  • Farmer networks



  • Accompaniement

  • Tools to manage farms

Notre démarche pour engager


  • Youtube channel
  • Word of mouth


  • E-learning
  • Local groups

  • Exchange forum

Methods and tools

to develop agroecological agriculture

The human and financial resources exist, let’s mobilize them!

  • Thousands of pioneer farmers are already engaged and mobilizing agroecological practices of less soil disturbance, reduction in the use of inputs, diversification of their production systems, etc. Sharing their experience and know-how is essential for multiply agroecology.

  • Agricultural students (more than 200,000 in France) and the teachers who support them are able to study and document agroecological farms. The experimental farms of agricultural high schools (nearly 200) are ideal places to demonstrate effective practices.

  • Leaders of farmer groups or associations, agricultural advisors and researchers are able to support the development of agroecological practices, via research and development projects, to the extent that billions of euros of public money ( Europe, France, regions, etc.) can be correctly identified on these projects.

Know and make known:

the solution to multiply agroecology!

Tools are available to observe, analyze and evaluate agroecology practices and farms. Tools exist to make knowledge available to as many people as possible.

Knowledge and experimentation platform

  • Knowledge sharing
  • Farm portraits
  • Experiments
  • Mapping
  • Pragmatic documentation
  • Call for experiments
  • Community managment
Outil de gestion holistique

Holistic management tool

  • Triple performance analysis
  • Comparison between farms
  • Tool to aid decision
  • Pragmatic documentation
  • Call for experiments
  • Community managment
Outils de mesures de la qualité

Quality measurement tools

  • Humic assessment
  • Soil, plant, water Food scanner
  • Measure to progress
  • Field alert system

Images for learning

  • Automatic recognition of species, pests, deficiencies and plant and animal healthux
  • Learn through images
  • Have references through observation
  • Putting observation back at the heart of systems management

Open database

  • Description of agricultural practices (including economic figures)
  • Photos, sound
  • Fauna and flora surveys
  • Laboratory analyzes
  • Weather, satellite…
  • Understand the impact of agricultural practices on yields, agricultural income, biodiversity, water, climate, pollution, health

The acquisition of data from farmers and their use for farmers, relying on the strength of digital technology, makes it possible to evaluate the environmental, social and economic performance of agroecology farms. They demonstrate the added value of innovative practices. In terms of data management, the challenges to be met are to create common goods (data accessible to all), to build appropriate governance, to organize databases while ensuring their interoperability.

livre écologie opérationnelle assistée par ordinateur

Good practices to share

Agroecology works!
In all production sectors, the principles that we promote, copied from the functioning of nature, give good results. Check out our examples:


40 years of workless systems!

Cultures : 40 ans de systèmes sans travail !


Dynamic rotational grazing

Le pâturage tournant dynamique


Market gardening on living soil: Cagnolle farm

Maraîchage sur sol vivant : ferme de Cagnolle


Vitiforestry Plantation with Alain CANET

Plantation Vitiforesterie avec Alain CANET


Support agroecology according to Pom’evasion!

Soutenez l'agroécologie selon Pom'evasion !


Agroforestry: Keystone of production

Agroforesterie : Clé de voûte de la production

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Triple Performance is a web platform designed for farmers, whatever their technical background and type of operation. It aims to help them in their system transformation, in order to take into account the multiple challenges they face. Triple Performance offers more than 4,000 freely accessible pages of feedback, practical guides and agroecological concepts as well as a forum for direct exchange between farmers and experts.


Ver de Terre Production

Ver de Terre Production is a training and dissemination organization for agroecology and living soil practices. Since 2017, it has organized training cycles intended for farmers, para-agricultural workers, industry professionals and curious individuals. In this dynamic of free diffusion of knowledge and sharing of knowledge, Ver de Terre production makes its open-source tools available.