The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and four French research institutions have agreed to increase joint efforts to develop innovative food security and environment-sensitive approaches that contribute to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda.
The new partnerships will focus on a number of areas, particularly in developing countries, sustainable natural resources management in the context of climate change, agriculture innovation for farmers and food security
The four-year partnership agreements with the French research institute: Agriculture Research Centre for International Development (Cirad), the National Institute for Agriculture Research (INRA), the National Research Institute for Sustainable Development (IRD) and Agreenium (the French Agricultural, Veterinary and Forestry Institute) was signed by FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva to also foster sustainable territorial development.
FAO Director General José Graziano da Silva said “Through these complementary partnerships and coordinated synergies, jointly we can advance innovation in agriculture and food systems that are safe, sustainable and inclusive, while addressing unprecedented challenges such as climate change and forced migration, and ultimately contributing to the 2030 Agenda.”
According to the President Director-general of the National Institute for Agriculture Research (INRA), Philippe Mauguin
“With this new Memorandum of Understanding, INRA and FAO will mobilize scientists and researchers to address major global challenges related to agriculture, food and environment which are at the core of the 2030 Agenda”
The Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of the Agriculture Research Centre for International Development (Cirad), Michel Eddi explained that the partnership with FAO entered a new phase with the new agreement.
“The Cirad welcomes this strengthened partnership with FAO, and in particular in areas such as agroecology and to support public policies which will allow us to innovate together for tomorrow’s agriculture in line with the 2030 Agenda.” He said
The partners also pledged to build institutional capacities through internship and fellowship opportunities.