Transformation of agricultural and food systems: new framework agreement between three French research organizations and the FAO

In the continuity of the France-FAO framework agreement (2022-2025) signed on October 5 by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Catherine Colonna and by the Director General of the FAO, Qu Dongyu, the memorandum of understanding signed between the FAO, Inraethe CIRAD and theIRD constitutes a contribution to theParis Agreement and to achieve the sustainable development goals of the 2030 agenda. It is also part of the FAO strategic framework 2022-2031 and its very first Science and Innovation strategy adopted at the last FAO Council in June 2022. Inrae, CIRAD and IRD have been cooperating with the FAO for several years.

Strategic areas

This new framework agreement symbolizes the coherence and complementarity of the agricultural researchfood and environmental issues around themes of common interest, including in intertropical and Mediterranean areas such asbreedingfisheries and aquaculture, agriculture and waterforests, plant and animal health, the groundsclimate and biodiversityto which are added other strategic areas:

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

Five axes of cooperation

The 2022-2031 strategic framework and the new FAO Science and Innovation strategy call for strengthening partnerships with universities and research organizations especially in the Southboth 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 thedigital farming, scientific expertise, support for public policies, innovation, biotechnologies and foresight. 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 policy coherence in terms of food security and nutrition and their implementation by States;
  2. Support the transition towards multiple economic, social and environmental performances of food systems and territories ;
  3. Strengthen health securityprevention and response to diseases, in the plant, animal and food fields to contribute to the improvement of global health in a “One Health” approach;
  4. Strengthen the resilience of vulnerable populations and improve crisis prevention and managementespecially crises food ;
  5. Contribute to the implementation of the FAO climate change strategy, with a view to the application of the Paris agreement and the biodiversity strategy of the FAO.

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