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Best wishes for 2014 from INRA

One planet, many needs, all inextricably linked: food, health, environment, regions, natural resources, energy, agriculture, agricultural output. These issues concern us all, and the men and women of INRA are working hard to address them. In 2014 and beyond, they will continue to put their best foot forward.

Updated on 12/30/2013
Published on 12/18/2013

One planet, many needs, all inextricably linked: food, health, environment, regions, natural resources, energy, agriculture, agricultural output. These issues concern us all, and the men and women of INRA are working hard to address them. In 2014 and beyond, they will continue to put their best foot forward.

INRA’s strategy in 2014 is in line with that developed for the 2010-2020 period. The Institute remains committed to its mission and responsibilities toward society, and renews its scientific approaches in the new year.

Agro-ecology, a new field of research at the crossroads between agronomy and ecology, is one of the cornerstones of that strategy. Significant headway made in research initiated by INRA in 2011- 2012 led to an international colloquium on 17 October that brought together scientists, agricultural partners, economic players and public authorities. This pooling of knowledge and issues will further fuel research in 2014.

Predictive biology is the Institute’s other top priority, a discipline that taps into the power of precision calculation and databases to further our understanding of biological processes. This includes plant and animal health, which are inextricably linked to human health and global food security. INRA is now taking an integrated approach to these issues, according to the concept of  “One Health”.

INRA’s research and expertise bring invaluable insight to public policy decision-making. In 2013, the Institute contributed to a report by Marion Guillou on the agro-ecological project for a French law on the future of agriculture, and conducted a study on behalf of CGSP (French General Commission for Strategy and Foresight Studies) on agricultural methods that make sense in terms of economics, societal needs and the environment. Moreover, INRA mobilised all of its research centres to participate in the development of a law on higher education and research.

INRA plays a critical role in the national debate on food and the bio-economy. The Institute’s goal is to ensure a smooth transition from a carbon- and fossil fuel-based economy to one that is green and sustainable, while guaranteeing global food security.

Lastly, INRA is an active voice in the dialogue between the scientific community and society as a whole, and concerns itself with ethical issues raised by research: the Institute has recently adopted a code of ethics.

More than ever, the Institute’s 17 research centres, 13 divisions, and metaprogrammes - soon to number 8 - are committed to a noble, useful and universal pursuit: responsible scientific research.
The world will witness this once again at the next Salon International de l'Agriculture in Paris. Come and see what we are doing in research on “agricultures of the future”, and find out about job opportunities at INRA.