A press release from the Ministry of Agriculture and Food announces the establishment of the new public establishment, INRAE, resulting from the merger of INRA and Irstea, on 1 January 2020.
"The changes at work on a global scale are on an unprecedented scale: climate change, biodiversity erosion, environmental degradation (soil, air, water), pollution, depletion of fossil resources, increased malnutrition...
These challenges make it necessary to make profound transformations in agriculture, food and the environment in France, Europe and the world towards low-carbon and circular agriculture, healthy and sustainable food, adaptive resource management, and for the preservation of the environment and risk management. Research and innovation play and will play a key role in these transitions.
It is with the objective of accompanying these transitions through research of excellence, in the service of knowledge production, innovation, teaching and support for public policies, that INRA and IRSTEA merge to become the National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and the Environment (INRAE).
The two decrees establishing INRAE as from 1 January 2020 were published on Saturday 12 October. INRAE will tomorrow be a world leader in agricultural, animal, plant and food sciences, and also a major player in environmental sciences.
Frédérique Vidal, Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, and Didier Guillaume, Minister of Agriculture and Food, welcome the birth of this new establishment, at a time when it is more essential than ever to reaffirm that agriculture is essential to our food sovereignty. They express the wish that INRAE embodies research that provides long-term solutions and innovations in the short and medium term. Finally, they recall their commitment to an open, participatory, interdisciplinary science that allows us to build transitions as close as possible to society's expectations and with it".
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