The French Commission for international agricultural research


The French Commission for international agricultural research (CRAI) is a consultative organ between the French research institutions (CIRAD, INRA, IRD, IRSTEA, Agreenium) and the Ministry for Agriculture, Food, Fischeries, Rural Affairs and Land Use Planning, the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs and the Ministry of Higher Education and Research.


The CRAI, created in 1978, is the interface between the French research institutions and the international agricultural research system, of which the CGIAR is a component. The CRAI organizes the exchange and the dissemination of information between research institutes and ministries and is the French representative authority within European coordination authorities in charge of research for development (EIARD, EFARD, etc.), CGIAR governing authorities and all the other relevant stakeholders involved in the international agricultural research system (GFAR, etc.).

The commission is also in charge of following up the recommendations of the AERES (Evaluation Agency for Research and Higher education) report and has undertaken within this framework a strengthening work that led to the appointment of a president, the entering of CNRS within the CRAI, the negotiation and the signature by the research institutions of a ' France-CGIAR common agenda' in the areas of Training, Research and Foresight, and the continuation of the active involvement in the European authorities working on multilateral international agricultural research.

CRAI was also involved in the preparation of the Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD), from March 28 to 31, 2010 in Montpellier, organized by the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) with the support of Agropolis International

Bernard Hubert, President CRAI

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Agropolis International

Jean Luc Khalfaoui, President


Isabelle Amsallem, CRAI Programme Officer

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Agreenium-IAVVF - Institut Agronomique Vétérinaire & Forestier de France

Marion Guillou, IAVFF President

Etienne Saur, International Cooperation Officer

CIRAD - Agricultural Research for Development

Philippe Petithuguenin, Directeur général délégué adjoint à la recherche et à la stratégie, Director of UMA-RI Unit

Philippe Vernier,Programme Officer "Relations with international institutions"

INRA - French National Institute for Agricultural Research

Jean-François Soussana, Vice-President for International Policy

IRD - Institut de recherche pour le développement

Yann Moreau, Programme Officer Department « International et European Relations »

Jean-Louis Pham, Senior scientist, Environment and Resources Department

Henri-Luc Thibault, Director of the Department of International and European Relations

Irstea - National Research Institute of Science and Technology for Environment and Agriculture

José Martinez, Deputy Director of the International Relations Directorate

Raoul Mille, Director "International Relations"

MAA-DGER - French ministry for agriculture and food
Directorate-General for Education and Research

Cyril Kao, Deputy Director of Research, Innovation and International Cooperation

MAA-DGPE - French ministry for agriculture and food
Direction générale de la performance économique et environnementale des entreprises

Virginie Hossen, Programme officer « food safety»

Ludovic Labordière, Chef du bureau de la mondialisation et de la sécurité alimentaire

Murielle Trouillet, Programme officer « climate change - 4 per 1000 »

MEAE - DGM - French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs
Direction générale de la mondialisation, de la culture, de l'enseignement et du développement international

Marie-Odile Kuntz, International Agricultural Research Officer

MESRI - Fench Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation
Direction Générale de la Recherche et de l'Innovation (DGRI)

Frédéric Lapeyrie, CRAI executive secretary

Permanent Representation of France to the United Nations agencies in Rome (FAO-FIDA-PAM)

Isabelle Mialet-Serra, Scientific Advisor, Representative of CIRAD and IAVFF / Agreenium



September 18th, 2014
Bernard Huber
t, President of Agropolis International has been unanimously re-appointed President of the CRAI (French Commission for International Agricultural Research) for four years. CRAI is the interface between the French research institutions and the international agricultural research system.

June 19th, 2013
S ignature on partnership agreements between CRAI organisations (French Commission for International Agriculture Research) and the CGIAR Consortium (March 4, 2013)

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October 29th till November 1st, 2012

Download French posters at the Second Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD) which took place from October 29th till November 1st, 2012 in Punta del Este, Uruguay.

The CRAI (French Commission for international agricultural research) coordinated the French participation to this event.

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Update on 7/11/18

Isabelle Amsallem
Tel : +33 (0)4 67 04 38 23

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