On January 1, 2020, the National Institute of Agricultural Research and the National Institute of Research in Sciences and Technologies for the Environment and Agriculture merged to become a new and unique research institute: INRAE, the “National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and the Environment,” It was officially launched January 9.
Thanks to the complementarity of both scientific and technological disciplines and competencies within both of these scientific structures, INRAE’s goal is to become one of the global leaders in research on the following issues:
- Food and nutritional security
- Transitioning agriculture (agro-ecology, reducing chemical use)
- Natural resource and ecosystem management (water, soil, forest)
- Biodiversity loss
- Circular economy and natural risks
Added to that are more local and regional issues like farmer living conditions and income, the economic competitiveness of businesses, land use and development, and access to healthy and diverse food for all.
INRAE’s ambition is to build excellent research in the service of building knowledge, teaching, and innovation, in support of public policies in order to accelerate the transition of agriculture, food and environment to meet sustainable development goals.
Key figures for INRAE:
- More than 10,000 employees
- 18 research centers located across France
- 14 scientific department specialized in various areas
- 166 European research projects