RENETA (National Network of Test-farming Areas)
Rural topic(s): Access to land, Rural entrepreneurship and diversification of activities
Web site: http://reneta.fr
Created in March 2012, the National Network of Test-farming Areas (RENETA) aims to promote the activity test to promote farming installation.
It brings together nearly 80 members, including 45 working test areas, 27 test areas in project and 6 associate members (national networks). These test areas are multi-partner packages involving a wide variety of actors: agricultural and rural development associations, popular education associations, activity incubators, cooperatives, chambers of agriculture, local authorities, regional nature parks , agricultural educational institutions, etc.
The « activity test » consists in testing a farming project, in a legal and material framework which limits risk taking, on a specific place and for a defined time, while being accompanied by a professional network of farmers and associations. During this test phase, there is no real farming business creation , but a real-life scenario for the project leader while being supported by a structure that hosts him/her legally and administratively.