FRANCE (CRAB & CAPdL)2021-02-15T10:18:51+01:00
Living Lab CRAB Montreuil-le-Gast

BRETAGNE (CRAB)

🇫🇷 France

LIVERUR Pilot Region:
Bretagne

Square Km:
27 200 km² 

Population:
3 330 000 people

Political Region:
Bretagne, France

Rural Living Labs:
Pays des Vallons de Vilaine (composed by 38 rural towns): Metha BDC, collective Biogas Plant
Pays de Lorient (composed by 1 city (Lorient) and 45 rural towns): Dairy Territorial Brand&Value
Communauté de communes de Val d’Ille d’Aubigné (10 rural towns): Air&Energy territorial plan

Brittany and Pays de la Loire are two main regions in agriculture production. Together, they are the biggest area for the production of dairy, pig and poultry in France and one of the first in UE. The agriculture sector of the two regions create 95 000 jobs in the production and 90 000 in the food industry. Farming and food industry is a major economic force (economy and employment) and an essential factor of occupation and balance of the regional territory (respectively 72.9% and 65% of the area used for farming in Pays de la Loire and Brittany). The crisis (increase of input price, and decrease of output price) has an impact on farms and food industry, reducing the income, but thanks to modernized farms, production area dynamics, good soil and climatic conditions, dense industrial fabric, the presence of innovation actors, livestock remains and must remain an asset of the west of France.

Livestock represents a large part of agriculture in west of France, but declining due to the lack of competitiveness and then attractiveness. Our objective is to develop new techniques to reduce energy dependency in livestock farms, using farm resources, to make them more competitive, and then to keep our productive potential of livestock in west of France. We would associate farmers who work on energy self sufficiency, policies (regional and local – a test in 1 rural area that could be then replicate in other rural areas in west of France), our experimental farms, some entrepreneurs in energy production, and academia (agricultural school, training centers, research institutes).

Our piloting action is both in food and future and technology:

FOOD: our objective is to develop livestock farms that are resilient and using their own resources, in order to maintain livestock production (ie food), integrating the circular economy.

FUTURE and TECHNOLOGY: we plan to develop new technologies for energetic self-sufficiency (using methane to produce fuel for tractors, photovoltaic equipment for self-consumption, etc.).

To test the implementation of living lab techniques, using guidelines, that will help us to go faster and further in competitiveness and innovation.

There will be three LIVERUR Living Labs in Britanny, which is France’s first producing region of poultry (meat and egg), cow’s milk, veal calves, pigs and vegetable crops (green-houses and open field). Agriculture is a major economic and employment sector for the region from upstream to downstream along the supply chain with a dense agro-food sector employing 141 000: 67 000 in agriculture and 74 000 in agroalimentary sector. 

PAYS DE LA LOIRE (CRAPL)

🇫🇷 France

LIVERUR Pilot Region:
Pays de la Loire

Square Km:
32 082 km²

Population:
3 757 600 people

Political Region:
Pays de la Loire, France

Rural Living Labs:
Town of Derval: Autonomy in Energy
Pays de Retz (14 costal and rural towns): Water quality

Brittany and Pays de la Loire are two main regions in agriculture production. Together, they are the biggest area for the production of dairy, pig and poultry in France and one of the first in UE. The agriculture sector of the two regions creates 95 000 jobs in the production and 90 000 in the food industry. Farming and food industry is a major economic force (economy and employment) and an essential factor of occupation and balance of the regional territory (respectively 72.9% and 65% of the area used for farming in Pays de la Loire and Brittany). The crisis (an increase of input price, and decrease of output price) has an impact on farms and food industry, reducing the income, but thanks to modernized farms, production area dynamics, good soil and climatic conditions, dense industrial fabric, the presence of innovation actors, livestock remains and must remain an asset of the west of France.

Livestock represents a large part of agriculture in the west of France, but declining due to the lack of competitiveness and then attractiveness. Our objective is to develop new techniques to reduce energy dependency in livestock farms, using farm resources, to make them more competitive, and then to keep our productive potential of livestock in the west of France. We would associate farmers who work on energy self-sufficiency, policies (regional and local – a test in 1 rural area that could be then replicate in other rural areas in the west of France), our experimental farms, some entrepreneurs in energy production, and academia (agricultural school, training centres, research institutes).

Our piloting action is both in food and future and technology:

FOOD: our objective is to develop livestock farms that are resilient and using their own resources, in order to maintain livestock production (ie food), integrating the circular economy.

FUTURE and TECHNOLOGY: we plan to develop new technologies for energetic self-sufficiency (using methane to produce fuel for tractors, photovoltaic equipment for self-consumption, etc.).

To test the implementation of living lab techniques, using guidelines, that will help us to go faster and further in competitiveness and innovation.

Project

The LIVERUR project identifies innovative business models within the newly developed Circular Rural Living Labs, and will conduct socio-economic-technology analyzes to identify, describe and compare the differences between the new approach of Living Lab and more entrepreneurial traditional approaches.

Partners

The LIVERUR project involves more than 20 European partners from peripheral areas in which the development of the rural economy is vital for their survival. Although LIVERUR is focused on Europe, one of the partners is located in Tunisia, which provides a greater internationalization to the project.