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INRA / CGIAR Agreement: Fostering positive impacts of agricultural research

On Monday, 4 March 2013, INRA signed a partnership agreement with French agricultural research and higher education institutions and the CGIAR Consortium, a “global partnership that unites organizations engaged in research for a food secure future”.

Conférence de presse
By Nicole Ladet, translated by Teri Jones-Villeneuve
Updated on 03/29/2013
Published on 03/25/2013

In his speech to the signatory parties, Olivier Le Gall, Deputy Director General at INRA, emphasized INRA’s continued commitment in signing the agreement.

INRA’s main objective for the upcoming decade – developing agricultural research to ensure food security in today’s changing world – is a priority CGIAR shares.
It is crucial to strengthen working relationships between research (INRA’s leading purpose), development and higher education institutions so that their efforts can positively impact our future. It is especially important to INRA that its activities result in measurable impacts that can be evaluated through the ASIRPA project. This project will play an important role in the partnership between INRA and CGIAR.

> Photos, videos and documents of the signing of the agreement on the Agropolis International site (in French)
The agreement was signed on 4 March 2013 by CIRAD, INRA, IRD, Agreenium and Agropolis Fondation and formalises the declaration of intention signed by the CGIAR Consortium and the French Commission for International Agricultural Research (CRAI). This declaration was signed in September 2011 during the intergovernmental conference on agricultural research for development, held in Montpellier as part of the French presidency of the G20. The French research institutions, particularly CIRAD, IRD and INRA, have worked together with CGIAR for many years. One of the effects of this partnership is that researchers will be assigned to CGIAR’s research centres to work on global research programmes (for example, rice and forestry programmes). The 4 March agreement lays the groundwork for a concrete development of new actions through new research projects.

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What is the ASIRPA project?

Following recommendations in the AERES 2009 evaluation report, INRA’s leaders started a research project with a view to creating a new method to characterise and measure the impacts achieved through its research. The ASIRPA project (Socio-economic Analysis of Impacts of Public Agronomic Research) is led by a team of researchers from the Institute for Research and Innovation in Society (IFRIS), INRA’s SenS Unit (Science in Society), and INRA’s Joint Research Unit GAEL (Grenoble Applied Economics Laboratory).
The aim of the project is to evaluate the many impacts research can have, including economic, social, environmental, political and cultural, all within their quickly changing contexts. Production processes implemented to obtain results must also be considered, as do the choices made by researchers (e.g., their laboratories, institutions, etc.), with regards to the dissemination of the knowledge produced.