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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%).

  • Use of fertilizing residual materials in agriculture and forestry

    On 3 July 2014, the conclusions of the Scientific Collective Expert Report on the use of fertilizing residual materials applied to agricultural and forest soils, carried out by INRA, CNRS and IRSTEA and commissioned by the French Ministries for Agriculture and the Environment, were presented and debated during a special meeting.

  • INRA’s Annual Report for 2013

    In its new format with three thematic sections, the Annual Report for 2013 - which was presented at the end of June to INRA's Board of Directors - reflects the diversity of the Institute's activities and the commitment of its staff.

  • Environmental research infrastructure

    INRA, as both project developer and coordinator, plays a vital role in environmental research observatories in France and in Europe. These facilities study the interaction between agriculture and the environment in a variety of agricultural, aquacultural and forestry ecosystems, and the impact thereof on the environment in terms of soil and water quality, biodiversity, greenhouse gas emissions, and so on.

  • 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.

  • INRA and ARC sign agreement on scientific relations

    Following a high level visit of INRA representatives to South Africa in 2011 and subsequent constructive exchanges, the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) has signed on 27 February 2014 a cooperation framework agreement with the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) of South Africa.

  • INRA will coordinate public research contributions for Allenvi at 2015 Universal Exposition in Milan

    The General Commissioner of the Pavilion France has presented the President of INRA and of the French National Alliance for Research on the Environment (Allenvi), a partnership contract for coordinating the contributions of members of the Alliance for the elaboration of the scientific content presented in the Pavilion France at the2015 Universal Exposition in Milan.