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Who are we?

THE FRENCH NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH

In today’s complex climatic, demographic and energy context, agricultural research must deal with major issues on various scales. Preparing worldwide food availability and security by 2050, reducing greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture, and promoting alternative agricultural and forestry practices that can respond to non-reversible climate change are challenges the entire world must face. Some of the many underlying concerns that must be tackled include understanding individual behaviour on a regional or market level; studying the relationships between plant, animal and human health; researching new ways of producing energy and materials from agricultural sources; and limiting overall environmental impacts.
To deal with these issues, the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) produces scientific knowledge and works for economic and social innovation in the areas of food, agriculture and the environment.

INRA has established partnerships with a wide range of players on varying levels – academic, economic, associative and regional – all around the world through its capacity for leadership, coordination, communication and knowledge transfer. All play a part in defining the directions of the Institute. These alliances make INRA an organisation that conducts targeted research in a variety of scientific disciplines: life sciences make up the majority of the Institute’s work (68% of INRA’s scientific expertise), followed by environmental sciences and processes (12%), ecological engineering, ecotechnologies and biotechnologies (8%), and finally economic and social sciences (8%) and digital sciences (4%).

  • 2015 International Agricultural Show: building synergy

    The 2015 International Agricultural Show provided the perfect opportunity for INRA to create a space for science and society to meet on several levels: a dedicated INRA stand to meet and greet the public, the launch of several projects with partners, and exchange via online and social media networks.

09 Apr 2015
INRA campaign to recruit researchers and engineers with disabilities. © INRA

INRA campaign to recruit researchers and engineers with disabilities

INRA is looking to hire individuals with disabilities to work as junior and experienced research scientists and engineers.  

19 Jun 2014
How French agriculture can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions © PERROT Patricia

How French agriculture can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions

The agricultural industry produces nearly one-fifth of France’s greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs). But it also has a strong potential for carbon sequestration. ADEME and the French Ministries for Agriculture and the Environment asked INRA to carry out a study on French agriculture to develop and analyse various measures on farming practices that could boost carbon sequestration and minimise GHGs.