Nuffield International – France Management Profiles

Yolène Pages - President

Yolène Pagès is interested in agroecology and the role that different farming systems can play in enhancing rural areas. And how these farming systems can become more sustainable, taking in account environmental, social and financial issues.

Yolène is a graduate of Purpan University in Toulouse and worked for many years as an agronomist for a technical institute in the South of France.

She has facilitated a number of multi actor projects involving groups of innovative farmers, researchers, technitians and localy elected representatives. These projects have mainly been in the National Parks of Grand Causses and Aubrac.

She has also been involved in her family farm for many years where they produce for the Roquefort cheese (PDO), made which sheep milk.

Yolène has traveled extensively in such places as Africa and America.

Yolène is now developing a project with a group of farmers seeking to add value to sheep milk, including << terroir >> values.

Recently elected as chairman of Nuffield France, she encourages the Nuffields to put France into their agenda.

Stéphanie Chanfreau – Secretary

Agricultural engineer with a degree in plant production from Montpellier Supagro, Stéphanie started out in R & D sector on fungus resistant grapewine varieties at ICV Group and then at the vineyard Domaine la Colombette. She then worked briefly in New Caledonia on the conservation of plant species (IUCN Red list method) before focusing on her passion: tea.

Since 2014, Stéphanie specializes in tea by visiting plantations, factories, and training with producers and specialists abroad, mainly in China. Ancient culture that goes beyond the borders of agriculture, Stéphanie also deals with the art of preparation, tasting and the philosophy of tea in depth.

In 2017, Stéphanie chose the Basque Country as anchor land with the objective of establishing a pilot tea plantation, which will produce by 2023 a range of artisanal teas inspired by Chinese and Japanese processing methods.

Simultaneously, she worked with a collective moved by values from social and solidarity economy to promote art of tea in France.

Maxime Moinard – Treasurer

After several years working in Ivory Coast, Africa (Palm oil, corn seed) and French Polynesia (Dairy, Composting), Maxime came back in 2018 on the family farm, which is mixed operation producing grains and livestock with 150 Limousine cows, and 400 ha in the Marais Poitevin in Vendée, in the west of France. The farm is constitued of three sites, representative of the local landscapes : dry swamps, plains and woodland meadows.

After having built 4000 m² of photovoltaic panels in 2011, Maxime has the ambition to build an anaerobic digestor running with local manure and waste for local green energy. However Maxime and his family are always searching news opportunities to develop their profit. They are constantly at the listening of the consumers, searching quality products and environmental preservation. That's why an organic conversion in the early years is not excluded.

The subject of his 2016 Nuffield study was : How to create value from livestock effluents in general, and in particular integration of a methanisation unit on the farm. For his study he visited Scotland, Wales, England, Nederlands, Germany, Canada and USA to research biogaz technology, insect farming and algae conversion.

Maxime is married to Alicia and they are proud parents of a 9 months old little girl. They enjoy trekking, travelling, oenology, movies and naturalism.

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