Today, it is impossible to talk about rural development in France without talking about rurality in European policies, its place and its challenges. Since the creation of the Common Agricultural Policy, the contribution of European funds has enabled rural communities to develop and organise themselves. The European LEADER rural development program is the perfect example.
For 30 years, this program has made it possible to organise around local development strategies co-constructed by local actors. Today, it is the symbol of organised, dynamic and development oriented rural communities.
LEADER France aims to represent to the European, national and regional authorities the French rural territories involved in European rural development program LEADER, and to bring together all the actors of rurality who wish to engage in European programs.