Jean-Marc Bournigal assigned to "Agriculture and Innovation in 2025" Plan task force

To succeed in tripling the environmental, economic and social performance of French agriculture, it is necessary to mobilize research methods, innovation and development. 
On February 23, Stéphane Le Foll, Minister of Agriculture, agri-food and forestry, Najat Vallaud Belkacem, Minister of Education, higher education and research, and Geneviève Fioraso, Secretary of state in charge of Higher education and research, assigned the task of developing the "Agriculture – Innovation 2025" plan to 5 leading figures in agricultural research, innovation and training. 
This plan has 2 important aims: 
  • Provide farmers with the tools to take into account environmental priorities while improving competitiveness
  • Encourage development of a cutting-edge industrial sector for agricultural machinery and e-agriculture
In this way, Jean-Marc Bournigal (executive president of Irstea), Pierre Pringuet (Chairman of the board of directors of Agroparistech), François Houllier (president and CEO of INRA), Marie-Noëlle Semeria (director of the CEA-Leti laboratory) and Philippe Lecouvey (director of ACTA) will work on developing a plan that will prioritize identifying the following: 
  • The role of research and development institutions and programmes
  • Actions for implementation in agro-ecology, biological control, agricultural machinery, digital agriculture and bioeconomics
The task force will submit a report to the ministers in September 2015.
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