Report submitted on Agriculture-Innovation 2025

A combination of France's agroecological project and its national research strategy, the task force was assigned in March 2015 with recommending proposals for an Agriculture-Innovation plan for 2025 that builds on completed actions.

Agriculture-Innovation 2025: 3 priorities, 9 areas and 30 projects

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For 8 months, Jean-Marc Bournigal [1], Francois Houllier [2], Philippe Lecouvey [3] and Pierre Pringuet [4] carried out fieldwork and consulted over 300 professionals and experts in agriculture, research, education, industry, businesses, local and regional government, etc.

Based on this thorough analysis, the report proposes an Agriculture-Innovation 2025 plan consisting of 3 main priorities, 9 areas and 30 projects, which break down into 100 or so actions.



Develop a systemic approach so that agriculture helps combat climate change Agroecology


Promote the full development of new technologies in agriculture

Digital agriculture
Genetics & biotechnology
Biological control


Bring together and rally stakeholders in research, experimentation and agricultural development to promote competitiveness

Open innovation
Agricultural economics



Innovation 2025: digital agriculture, robotics and agroecology

The co-authored report is the fruit of a vast collaborative effort by many organizations. Through Jean-Marc Bournigal, Irstea provided its expertise in 3 specific areas: agroecology, digital agriculture and robotics.

Agroecology:  The institute's work on integrated management of water resources has provided the basis for the agroéco3 project: "Anticipating and adapting to climate change: developing and promoting integrated water management." The aim was to coordinate action that included irrigation practices and innovations as well as water resource management - both quantitative and qualitative - on various levels and for different stakeholders.

Digital agriculture and robotics: The report is an extension of the agricultural machinery task force that Jean-Marc Bournigal was a member of in 2014, and proposes 5 projects in digital agriculture and robotics. There are two aims:

  • Support the farming industry in its attempts to produce as much – or more and better – while being effective in three key areas (economic, social and environmental) using new data, knowledge and past technological performances,
  • Ensure national economic stakeholders (ICT and robotics) profit from these developments by ensuring they are able to monetize their knowledge and expertise on billion dollar global markets.

>> Areas and projects


  • Develop research in soil biology
  • Improve soil fertility and reduce climate change
  • Anticipate and adapt to climate change: develop and promote integrated water management
  • Anticipate and adapt to climate change: develop a services portal for agriculture
  • Develop quick sanitary diagnostic tools for the field

Digital agriculture

  • Accelerate research and development in agricultural robotics
  • Provide structure and assistance to the industrial fabric in agricultural robotics


  • Implement testing and qualification devices for agricultural robots
  • Set up a data portal for open innovations in agriculture
  • Structure digital research in agriculture

Ministerial action plan

Based on the report's conclusions, the ministries have announced an action plan based on 4 research programs focusing on priority themes:

  • Soil – Water – Climate: act on soil to reduce climate change and strengthen food security
  • Sensors - sanitary risks
  • Robotic and digital technology for agriculture
  • Produce differently by using biological tools and mechanisms in systems and synthesis, biotechnology and biological control

In addition, 2 new and innovative actions were announced:

  • The creation of "living laboratories" in agroecology and bioeconomics
  • The implementation of a digital data and services portal for competitive, open and sovereign French agriculture.

A symposium on the main results and perspectives of this research for stakeholders will be held during the first quarter of 2016.

Read the report findings

For more information

[1] Executive Chairman of Irstea

[2] CEO of INRA

[3] Director of ACTA

[4] President of AgroParisTech