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

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Our job:

to explore, understand, experiment and think ahead

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Our goal:

to give people freedom of choice and the ability to innovate

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Our specialties:

Food, nutrition, agriculture and the environment

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Our focal issues:

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

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.

21 Apr 2017
One Health symposium on 28 February 2017 at the International Agricultural Show. © INRA

Symposium "People, animals and environment: One Health"

60% of human infectious diseases are of animal origin, the growing resistance of bacteria to antibiotics affects humans as well as animals, the dispersion of contaminants in the environment has impacts on human health... Public health issues constitute important fields of research for INRA. The Institute is holding its scientific symposium at the Paris International Agricultural Show on 28 February on the subject "People, Animals, Environment: One Health". Follow the symposium live starting at 14h30 on this page and on twitter with the hashtag #OneHealth.

13 Feb 2017
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