Who we are

French National Institute for Agricultural Research

INRA is Europe’s top agricultural research institute and the world’s number two centre for the agricultural sciences. Its scientists are working towards solutions for society’s major challenges.   


Chercheurs dans un champ de céréales.. © INRA, Sophie Formisano
Chercheurs dans un champ de céréales. © INRA, Sophie Formisano


Our job:

to explore, understand, experiment and think ahead


Our goal:

to give people freedom of choice and the ability to innovate


Our specialties:

Food, nutrition, agriculture and the environment


Our focal issues:

Competitiveness, regional land use, health, sustainable development and bioeconomy

28 Jul 2017
28 Jul 2017
Christine Cherbut, Deputy Director General for Scientific Affairs, and Jean-François Soussana, Vice President for International Policy © MAITRE Christophe, Inra

International outlook and joint innovation: two INRA nominations strengthen two bold commitments

INRA President Philippe Mauguin has named Christine Cherbut Deputy Director General for Scientific Affairs. She succeeded Olivier Le Gall as of 1 April 2017. Philippe Mauguin also created the position of Vice President for International Policy, to which he has named Jean-François Soussana. In line with Mr Mauguin’s mission and vision, and in the framework of the stated objectives of the 2025 INRA orientation document, Christine Cherbut and Jean-François Soussana will work closely together to develop an ambitious scientific strategy and reinforce the Institute’s partnerships at the national, European and international level.

11 Sep 2017
Route des Crêtes on the Mediterranean coast of France. © INRA, Véronique Gavalda

Using environmental scenarios to determine the world’s future

AllEnvi, the French national alliance for environmental research, has produced a study on possible future environmental scenarios based on a survey of major international foresight studies. The study tackled two issues: What do the scenarios look like and how long are their timelines? While future possibilities go from one extreme to another – from “Chaos” in the trajectories to “Positive Synergies” or environmental degradation and improvement – soil and water appear to face the most danger. These scenarios revealed major deficiencies with regard to seas, oceans, coastlines and forests that need to be quickly addressed.