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Fostering the agro-ecological transition in the agriculture of the future

Meeting the challenges of sustainability in agricultural production systems and food systems: this is the mission Agropolis Fondation.

Rethinking and preparing agricultural systems to meet these challenges in the future requires the development, integration and dissemination of knowledge on cultivated plants, their role in agro-ecosystems, and farming and food in their different dimensions, whether biological, ecological, agricultural, environmental, health, technological, socio-economic or political. Research, higher education, collaboration between scientists and socio-economic actors for innovation, and international partnerships all play a key role in meeting this challenge.

Rethinking and preparing agricultural systems to meet these challenges in the future requires the development, integration and dissemination of knowledge on cultivated plants, their role in agro-ecosystems, and on farming and food in their different dimensions, whether biological, ecological, agricultural, environmental, health, technological, socio-economic or political. Research, higher education, and collaboration between scientists and socio-economic actors for innovation, and international partnerships all play a key role in meeting this challenge.

The overarching goal of Agropolis Fondation is to support, through research and higher education, the development and dissemination of knowledge for actors in the fields of sustainable agriculture and development.

This overarching goal is comprised of the following specific objectives:

  1. Supporting scientific dynamics in research, training and innovation, fostering interdisciplinarity and integration (from the gene to the agro-ecosystem) within its scientific network;
  2. Building the reputation and attractiveness of this network for international scientific cooperation
  3. Facilitating partnerships between this scientific network and the socio-economic actors in the field in the form of action research, the co-construction of innovations and transfer.

The Foundation’s scientific strategy takes a dual approach: disciplinary, i.e., strengthening the scientific knowledge base in the key fields, and integrative, i.e., articulating knowledge from different disciplinary fields in order to understand complex systems and to meet the strategic challenges linking agriculture and society.

Five disciplinary fields

  • plant biology
  • biology of plant biotic interactions
  • agronomy and management of agro-ecosystems
  • food science and non-food processing
  • human and social sciences and agriculture-society interactions

Strategic cross-cutting challenges for the agro-ecological transition

  • adaptation to climate change and mitigation of its effects
  • conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity
  • responsible production and consumption

To better understand the complexity of issues linking cultivated plants, agriculture and societies and to work to define and promote sustainable agricultural models, Agropolis Fondation fosters collaboration and exchanges with a broad range of actors, whether public, private, civil society, national or international, working on these issues.

Working for and with its scientific community, the Foundation’s international partnership strategy is centred on three elements:

  • providing a tool for international advocacy
  • supporting the international deployment of research projects and teams
  • attracting the best talents

Collaboration with socio-economic actors

The modes of action of these partnerships are varied and cover the definition of thematic programmes and of research and innovation projects in partnership on specific topics, the creation of excellence or research chairs in forward-looking areas, and patronage to support international research programmes and international mobility.

The Foundation pursues its goals by mobilising resources through:

  • responses to national, European and international calls for proposals in the name of all or part of the scientific network
  • co-funding for research, training and innovation programmes, co-developed with international scientific partners and socio-economic actors
  • patronage and participatory funding

Agropolis Fondation is a Scientific Cooperation Foundation for agriculture and sustainable development created in 2007 by CIRAD, INRA, IRD, and Montpellier SupAgro. In 2018, the University of Montpellier became one of its charter members.

The Foundation is based in Montpellier, at the heart of the Agropolis International community, which brings together more than 2 700 scientists – researchers and lecturers – in the fields of agriculture, food, biodiversity and environment, with a special focus on tropical and Mediterranean regions.

Contact

Marie-Christine Cormier-Salem
Director
agropolis-fondation@agropolis.fr

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