New framework agreement between FAO and INRAE, CIRAD and IRD to support the transformation of agricultural and food systems | IRD website

In the continuity of the France-FAO framework agreement (2022-2025) signed on October 5, 2022 by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Catherine Colonna and by the Director General of the FAO, Qu Dongyu. FAO’s chief scientist, Ismahane Elouafi, and the three CEOs of research organizations, Elisabeth Claverie de Saint Martin (CIRAD), Philippe Mauguin (INRAE) and Valérie Verdier (IRD) signed the memorandum of understanding Research in the presence of Ms. Céline Jurgensen, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations in Rome, senior FAO/FAO representatives, in particular Mr. Laurent Thomas, Deputy Director General, and the French delegation.

This cooperation is a significant contribution to the Paris Agreement and to achieving the sustainable development goals of the 2030 agenda. It is also part of the FAO strategic framework 2022-2031 and in its all first Science and Innovation strategy adopted at the last FAO Council in June 2022.

A renewed collaborative framework between CIRAD, INRAE, IRD and FAO

The session “Partnership for co-developing research and innovation: sharing experiences from FAO and CIRAD, INRAE ​​& IRD” made it possible to contextualize the new agreement through results and cooperation prospects on subjects such as: “One Health”, responsible digital agriculture, agroecology and climate change. The challenges of transforming agricultural and food systems towards greater resilience and sustainability, as well as the importance of the multi-stakeholder approach to contribute to open innovation and the strengthening of innovation systems in countries, have then discussed at a round table.

INRAE, CIRAD and IRD have been cooperating with the FAO for several years. This new framework agreement symbolizes the coherence and complementarity of French agronomic, food and environmental research around themes of common interest, including in intertropical and Mediterranean areas such as livestock, fisheries and aquaculture, agriculture and water, forests, plant and animal health, soils, agriculture, climate and biodiversity, in addition to other strategic areas discussed during the special session:

  • the Covid crisis has reinforced the desire to cooperate in the field of zoonosis prevention. The PREZODE international initiative initiated by INRAE, CIRAD and IRD is part of the joint global plan of action developed in recent months by FAO, UNEP, WHO and OIE;
  • responsible digital agriculture will contribute, via digital solutions, to sustainable agriculture, in particular for the development of agroecology;
  • adaptation to climate change, one of the priorities supported by FAO at the June 2022 Council;
  • the food security crisis is linked to many factors including climate change but also conflicts and wars. It highlights the need to contribute to strengthening the resilience of food systems to systemic shocks and to their profound transformation through social and technical innovation.

The 2022-2031 strategic framework and the new FAO Science and Innovation strategy call for strengthening partnerships with universities and research organizations, particularly in the South, both in the field of sharing scientific knowledge and training and in the debate and exchanges on emerging themes: artificial intelligence, the microbiome, the bioeconomy and digital agriculture, scientific expertise, support for public policies, innovation, biotechnologies and foresight.

Five axes of cooperation

The framework agreement makes it possible to envisage new cooperation in connection with intellectual property rights, publications and the management of personal data along five axes:

  1. improve the consistency of food security and nutrition policies and their implementation by States;
  2. support the transition towards multiple economic, social and environmental performance of food systems and territories;
  3. strengthen health security, prevention and response to diseases, in the plant, animal and food domain to contribute to the improvement of global health in a “One Health” approach;
  4. strengthen the resilience of vulnerable populations and improve the prevention and management of crises, in particular food crises;
  5. contribute to the implementation of the FAO climate change strategy, with a view to the application of the Paris agreement and the FAO biodiversity strategy.

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