Among the highlights of 2022, three are particularly noteworthy:
Intensifying research to support transitions
We signed our first Contract of Objectives, Means, and Performance (COMP) with the French government. Its purpose is to establish our priorities and shared commitments over the next 5 years. It contains ambitious objectives that align with the strategic priorities set out in INRAE2030, as well as a wealth of new resources which are part of the France 2030 programme and with advances in France’s Research Programming Law (LPR). Agroecology and digital technology, advanced plant selection, the microbiota: INRAE is preparing several Priority Research Programmes and Infrastructures (PEPRs) and Grand Challenges contributing to acceleration strategies in agriculture, food, the bioeconomy, and emerging infectious diseases, in addition to exploratory strategies in the field of the environment.
Tackling new international challenges
We are working to expand our global influence and strengthen our projects by adopting a dynamic approach to international scientific cooperation. Consequently, INRAE has been taking multilateral action, becoming significantly involved in the FAO and playing a major scientific role at important international meetings, such as the 2022 UN Climate Change Conference (COP27) and Biodiversity Conference (COP15).
The TSARA initiative in Africa and the PREZODE programme on emerging diseases are continuing to consolidate and expand.
Reducing our environmental footprint
INRAE is implementing voluntary measures to reduce its energy consumption in order to help attain the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. To do so, we are adapting our operations and practices by constantly calling into question the impact of our activities. Thanks to the efforts made by each and every member of the INRAE community, we had achieved the government’s target of 10% energy savings by the end of 2022, a year ahead of schedule.