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INRA and EMBRAPA sign to extend partnership

On 11 March 2013, François Houllier, President of INRA and Maurício Antônio Lopes, Director-President  of EMBRAPA (Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária), a Brazilian agricultural research organisation, signed a new five-year partnership agreement aimed at developing joint projects via metaprogrammes at INRA and macroprogrammes at EMBRAPA which focus on the research priorities of both organisations.

Le 11 mars 2013, dans les locaux de l' INRA , François HOULLIER, Président Directeur Général de l' INRA  et Maurício Antônio LOPES, Président de l’EMBRAPA ont signé la  CONVENTION  de  PARTENARIAT  entre l’ INRA  et l’EMBRAPA (Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária, organisme brésilien de recherche agrononomique).. © © INRA, FERON Frédéric
By Julie Cheriguene, translated by Emma Morton Saliou
Updated on 06/09/2017

Over the next five years, scientific seminars on identified key areas of research will be held to establish joint research projects. Another component of the partnership will be the organised sharing of databases, infrastructure and methodology. Since it was created in 2007, 56 joint research papers have been published.

On 11 March, 2013, EMBRAPA’s president met with Dr Claudio Carvalho, the new coordinator of Labex Europe, EMBRAPA’s ‘external’ lab programme, and Dr Pedro Arcuri, a former coordinator of the programme. Located at Agropolis International in Montpellier, France, Labex Europe provides experienced Brazilian researchers fixed-term opportunities in state-of-the-art laboratories in France and elsewhere in Europe. The three men attended a meeting of INRA’s Board of Directors (CODIR) at which were also present François Houllier, the organisation’s President, Michel Eddi, Deputy Director General, in charge of research support services, and Robert Habib, the Scientific Delegate for International Affairs. Following a meeting at the General directorate for education and research at the Ministry of Agriculture, the Brazilian delegation visited several research organisations and institutes in Montpellier: Agropolis International, Agropolis Foundation, CGIAR (an international agricultural research consortium for a food-secure future ), the CEFE (Centre for the study of evolutionary and functional ecology), the CEMEB Labex (Mediterranean Center for Environment and Biodiversity) and the IRD, a development research institute.