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2014 Annual Report. © INRA

INRA presents its 2014 annual report

The report is divided into three volumes dedicated respectively to the Institute, its key scientific achievements and the staff and financial resources of INRA. Each section testifies to the Institute’s wide range of activities, output and impacts.

Updated on 06/14/2017
Published on 07/09/2015

2014 Annual Report - 1. © INRA
2014 Annual Report - 1 © INRA

Volume 1: Sharing our vision of agricultural research

   Extract from the editorial by François Houllier (President of INRA):

"Agroecology and multiperformance agriculture have, since 2010, been two of INRA’s scientific priorities. Article 1 of France’s Law 2014 1107 of 13 October 2014 on the Future of Agriculture, Food, and Forests highlights the convergence of these two issues. The challenge is to use our understanding of agroecosystems to develop high-performance production systems with improved economic, health, environmental, and social capacities. [...] The Law on the Future of Agriculture also sets out the need to support research, innovation, and development and provides for the creation of the French Institute for Agronomy, Veterinary Science, and Forestry (IAV2F). This cooperative institute will take over and expand the work of the Agreenium consortium established in 2009. Over the course of the past year, we have been preparing for the transition, which came into effect as this editorial was being drafted in early April 2015 [...] Behind the scenes, 2014 was also a year spent preparing for France’s agricultural research contribution to two major international events in 2015: Expo Milano 2015, the first international exhibition devoted to food issues; and the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, otherwise known as “Paris 2015”. INRA chose to work closely with its AllEnvi alliance partners for both events."

Annual report: The Institute (vol. 1)

2014 Annual Report - 2. © INRA
2014 Annual Report - 2 © INRA

Volume 2: Solutions for generations to come

   Extract from the editorial by Olivier Le Gall (Deputy Director General for Scientific Affairs):

"We are proud to present this selection of our research highlights to you, as we believe it illustrates the diversity of our work and how it is designed to address the major challenges facing global agro-food systems at the start of the 21st century. In France and around the world, major transitions are underway. Global food security depends on agriculture that upholds the trinity of sustainability, in a context of changing climatic conditions, for food systems in transition and with increasingly diversified uses. At INRA, rising to these challenges is top priority.  The Institute is working hard to build knowledge - that shared and precious commodity that is key to spurring innovation and informing public policy, and therefore more broadly to contributing to finding solutions for future generations."


Annual report: Research Highlights (vol. 2)


2014 Annual Report - 3. © INRA
2014 Annual Report - 3 © INRA

Volume 3: Preserving the human dimension

   Extract from the editorial by Claude Ronceray (Deputy Director General for Research Support Services):

"In terms of resources, the €5m decline in “grants for public service expenditures” provided by the French government has been more than compensated by the €13m increase in contractual resources, made possible in part from the excellent results of INRA’s teams on calls for projects for the ANR and Stimulus Initiative programmes. […]
Overall, staff numbers have decreased: the number of researchers has remained steady while engineers have increased (+29) and lab technicians and Category C staff have seen considerable cutbacks (-92). The reclassification of posts at INRA has been swift, but even so the Institute’s employment structure has remained relatively stable compared to other public research institutions due to the high proportion of engineers and technicians who account for 78% of all permanent staff. The number of staff on contract with INRA has stabilised. The recruitment policy concerning these employees and the assistance offered to them has been further developed following discussions with staff representatives and especially with the technical committee."

Annual report: The women, men and resources (vol. 3)