Initial framework agreements were signed between NARO and INRA in 2016 and between NARO and IRSTEA in 2017. As a result, INRAE and NARO are already working together in the key areas of agricultural and food sciences, animal sciences, plant sciences, social sciences and environmental sciences (including hydrology).
A productive partnership since 2016, strengthened by INRAE’s widened scope of activity
INRAE and NARO have produced more than 30 joint scientific publications. The two organisations have been cooperating through a specific Joint Linkage Call (JLC), which encourages mobility of scientists between the two countries, since 2019. They have renewed this scientific collaboration agreement to facilitate short assignments abroad for researchers from the two organisations. These exchanges make it easier to set up joint research projects on themes that are subject to annual calls for projects. Seven projects were conducted in 2019 on subjects such as:
- Improvement of livestock production and yield;
- Evaluation of meat quality;
- Weed control and plant disease resistance;
- Acceleration of the smart food value chain and the use of big data.
Nine other JLC projects were selected in 2020, and a majority of the teams involved from both organisations have been able to maintain their active collaboration remotely until travel becomes possible again (depending on the global pandemic).
This new period of cooperation will make it possible to launch new joint research projects on vital topics, as well as formalise the International Research Network (2RI) PISI-Net on plant and insect interactions, which is currently under development. A joint workshop on robotics in agriculture is planned for late January 2022.