The most common case of installation on a Terre de Liens farm begins with a search for land for an agricultural project. The bearer(s) of the project ask Terre de Liens to help them find land and then acquire it and then make it available to them.

An instruction begins then to check the solidity of the project and to study the technical possibilities of acquisition of the identified farm. In case of project eligibility, a specific collection operation is initiated to raise the funds necessary for the acquisition, and a complex legal and administrative process is conducted in parallel to obtain the allocation of land (often coveted by several farmers) . Finally, when all these steps are completed, the last phase opens: that of notarial procedures that will materialize the acquisition.

In other cases, the farm is already owned by Terre de Liens. The main work is then to educate the future farmer's project to measure viability before accepting the facility.

In either case, Terre de Liens closes the process with the signing of a rental lease, called a rural environmental lease, which allows the farmer to enjoy the land for an unlimited period of time, provided that the farm is released when he or she will end his/her farming activity or in the event of non-compliance with the terms of the lease.

The European Network for Rural Development (ENRD) is the structure that brings together all the stakeholders aiming to achieve improved rural development results in the EU.

The network serves as a hub for the sharing of information about how Rural Development policy, programmes, projects and other initiatives are working in practice and how they can be improved to achieve more.

The LEADER programme

The LEADER programme is a European Union initiative to support rural development projects initiated at the local level in order to revitalise rural areas and create jobs. LEADER I ran from 1991–93, LEADER II from 1994–99, and LEADER+ from 2000-2006. In the current programming period (2014-2020), the LEADER method has been extended to cover not only rural but also coastal (FARNET) and urban areas under the banner of Community-led Local Development (CLLD).


LEADER+ projects are managed by local action groups (LAGs). Each project must involve a relatively small rural area, with a population of between 10,000 and 100,000. In France, the whole country is eligible with the exception of urban areas with over 50,000 inhabitants. LEADER+ has three objectives:

  • to encourage experiments in rural development
  • to support cooperation between rural territories: several LAGs can share their resources
  • to network rural areas, by sharing experiences and expertise in the development of rural areas by creating databases, publications and other modes of information exchange

The Oak Foundation commits its resources to address issues of global, social and environmental concern, particularly those that have a major impact on the lives of the disadvantaged.

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation is a nonpartisan, private charitable foundation that advances ideas and supports institutions to promote a better world.

While modern agroforestry systems have been developed over the past 20 years, research on the subject remains underdeveloped in France. Traditional know-how has been partially lost and basic knowledge is still fragmented.

The Fondation de France awards subsidies to encourage students to discover or expand this field of research as part of a high performance team working on these questions.

Erasmus provides subsidies to cover the costs of hosting international long-term volunteers.