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Historical milestones

INRA was created in 1946 as a response to a key societal challenge. INRA’s initial goal: to feed France.

In the present day, the institute focuses on three highly interconnected topics: nutrition, agriculture, and the environment. The objective is to develop agricultural approaches that are competitive yet respectful of the environment, natural resources, and regional diversity. They must also produce food that is better suited to people’s nutritional needs and that can be used in novel ways.

INRA's new goal: to sustainably feed the world.

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© INRA

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1946 - 1963: agriculture and food security. © INRA
1946 - 1963: agriculture and food security © INRA
1960s: forests and aquatic systems. © INRA
1960s: forests and aquatic systems © INRA
1970s: a shift towards agri-food. © INRA
1970s: a shift towards agri-food © INRA
1980s: the expansion of biology and biotechnology. © INRA
1980s: the expansion of biology and biotechnology © INRA
1990s: environmental sciences. © INRA
1990s: environmental sciences © INRA
2000s: sustainable development and climate. © INRA
2000s: sustainable development and climate © INRA
2010s: targeted research. © INRA
2010s: targeted research © INRA
Agriculture and food security Forests and aquatic systems A shift towards agri-food The expansion of biology and biotechnology Environmental sciences Sustainable development and climate Targeted research

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© INRA

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© INRA

         

Historical milestones. © INRA
Historical milestones © INRA

  

INRA research: a human endeavour

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INRA was created in 1946 as a response to a key societal challenge. INRA’s initial goal: to feed France. In the present day, the institute focuses on three highly interconnected topics: nutrition, agriculture, and the environment. The objective is to develop agricultural approaches that are competitive yet respectful of the environment, natural resources, and regional diversity. They must also produce food that is better suited to people’s nutritional needs and that can be used in novel ways.

Updated on 06/27/2017
Published on 01/16/2013