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International perspectives for agricultural research: a tetrapartite meeting

Each year, INRA meets its partner organisations from Canada, the United States and Great Britain for a tetrapartite meeting. The objectives of this meeting are to discuss the common major scientific challenges of the four organizations and identify areas of scientific collaboration. The 2016 Tetrapartite meeting is hosted from 2 to 4 May at the INRA Research Centre in Montpellier.

2016 Tetrapartite meeting held at INRA Montpellier from 2 to 4 May. It brings together INRA and its British (BBSRC: Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council), Canadian (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Federal Ministry) and American counterparts (Agricultural Research Service of the US Department of Agriculture – USDA-ARS). © INRA, HOLLANDER Edwina
Updated on 05/03/2016
Published on 04/29/2016

The agenda for these 3 days of discussions includes a news update for the 4 countries, discussion on the evaluation of the impacts of agricultural research, the common research prospects and priorities for agriculture, food and climate change after the COP21 and, finally, science and society relations. A field trip to the Pech Rouge viticultural experimental unit will conclude the meeting.

As part of the tetrapartite meeting, during the evenings of May 2 and 3, our colleagues from abroad will have the opportunity to meet INRA's partners present in Montpellier, both international (CGIAR, Embrapa, INTA, etc) and French (Cirad, IRD) or regional. The city of Montpellier as well as the Languedoc-Roussillon Midi Pyrénées region are fully associated with these discussions.

 

From left to right on the photo:

Stéphane Lemarié, Director of the Joint Research Laboratory for Applied Economics (GAEL) in Grenoble, INRA
Sharon Drumm, Chief of Staff, Agricultural Research Service. United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Tim Benton, United Kingdom Champion for Global Food Security
Laurence Colinet, Coordinator of the ASIRPA project (Analysis of impacts of publically funded agricultural research), INRA
Steve Visscher, Deputy Chief Executive – International. Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), United Kingdom
Robert Habib, Director of the Joint INRA-Cirad International Relations Unit (UMA-R.I.)
Edward Topp, Head Scientist, London Research and Development Centre (Ontario). Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Chavonda Jacobs-Young, Administrator, Agricultural Research Service. United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Marlen Eve, National Program Leader for Soil and Air, Agricultural Research Service. United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Christiane Deslauriers, Director General, Coastal region. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
François Houllier, President, INRA
Ibrahim Shaqir, Director of the Office of International Research Programs, Agricultural Research Service. United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Gilles Saindon, Associate Assistant Deputy Minister, Science and Technology Branch. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Olivier Le Gall, Deputy Director General for Scientific Affairs, INRA

A tetrapartite relationship

Organised alternately in each host country since 1983, the tetrapartite meetings have brought together INRA and its British (BBSRC: Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council), Canadian (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Federal Ministry) and American counterparts (Agricultural Research Service of the US Department of Agriculture – USDA-ARS).

some examples of inra collaboration

  • With AAC (Canada), partner of numerous projects with INRA, including the recent (2015) European project Feed-a-Gene (H2020), coordinated by INRA. This project aims at reducing the environmental impact of monogastric livestock production (pigs, poultry, rabbits) by improving and diversifying animal feed, as well as integrating new selection criteria.
  • With the BBSRC (Great Britain) and other European institutes, the Joint Research Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change - FACCE-JPI (22 countries).
  • With the United States (USDA) and other major international research organisations, the international research programme AgMIP (modelling impact of climate change on agriculture and food security, 50 countries).
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