France has world-renowned expertise in agricultural research The main French research organizations with regard to agriculture, food, forestry, rural areas and territorial development are the:
• Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD);
• Institute of Research for Development (IRD);
• National Institute for Agronomic Research (INRA);
• National Research Institute of Science and Technology for Environment and Agriculture (IRSTEA).
There are major global agriculture issues in the 30 years ahead: meeting the food needs of over 9 billion people, encouraging sustainable development in the context of climate change, reducing poverty by guaranteeing good jobs, ensuring food security and sufficient nutrition against a backdrop of increased health risks.
Agricultural research must launch and support the deep changes needed in the policies, agricultural practices and natural resource management, particularly in developing countries, and in an efficient research –innovation – training and development continuum.
Agricultural research is one of the top priorities of our development and international solidarity policy. France’s continued use of a strong mechanism for development, in particular through public bodies dedicated to the South like the Research Institute for Development (IRD) and the Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD), is a testament to this commitment.
Agricultural research and teaching combined within Agreenium
In order to work on humanity’s main challenges (climate change, demographics, food, the environment and energy), French research bodies have come together and strengthened their international partnerships. Created in 2015, the French agricultural, veterinary and forestry institute (Agreenium) brings together 14 higher educational establishments and four research organizations (Cirad, Inra, Irstea and Anses). Its aim is to develop and implement joint research and training strategies for its members, at national, European and international law, including international cooperation for development. It brings together 10,000 administrative and technical staff, 6,800 researchers, teacher researchers and research engineers and 11,300 students.
Launch of the DeSIRA fund for agricultural research in Southern countries
At the One Planet Summit (2018), a trust fund for agricultural research in Southern countries linked with climate change was launched, known as the DeSIRA fund (Development Smart Innovation through Research in Agriculture). It is developing an innovative approach with:
• Strong links between research, innovation, training and development;
• A partnership, multi-actor, territorial and multi-scale approach;
• Ambitions to be a mechanism which quickly provides operational responses and concrete results
Updated June 2018