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

Patrick Caron, President


Isabelle Amsallem, CRAI Programme Officer

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Agreenium-l'Institut Agronomique Vétérinaire & Forestier de France

Marion Guillou, Agreenium Presidente

Christiane Lennoz-Gratin, Deputy Director

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"

INRAE - French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment

Ségolène Halley des Fontaines, International Delegate- Director of the joint Support Unit for International Relations (UMA-RI) INRA-CIRAD

Bernard Hubert, CRAI President

Edwina Hollander, Programme Officer for multilateral relations

José Martinez, Deputy Director of the International Relations Directorate

Raoul Mille, Director "International Relations"

Gabriela Sonohat-Sinoquet, UMA-RI

Jean-François Soussana, Vice-President for International Policy

IRD - Institut de recherche pour le développement

Olivier Dangles, Deputy Director of ECOBIO department (Ecology, biodiversity and functioning of continental ecosystems)

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

Marion Bardy, Head of the “Research finalization” Bureau

Nezha Chachia, Program Officer “European relations and international cooperation”

Bénédicte Herbinet, Deputy Director “Research, Innovation and international cooperation”

Virginie Hossen, Head of the “Europeean relations and international cooperation” Bureau

Gerardo Ruiz, Deputy Head of the “Europeean relations and international cooperation” Bureau

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

Joëlle Silberstein, Program Officer “Food security”, Europe and International Department

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

Nicolas Fairise, Head of the Pole “Food Security, Nutrition and Sustainable Agriculture”

Marie Schill, Agricultural Research and Education, Agriculture and Climate Change

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)


Agropolis Fondation
Oliver Oliveros, Deputy Director in charge of Partnerships, International Cooperation and Development
AFD - Agence Française de Développement
Jean-René Cuzon, AFD



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 23/06/20

Isabelle Amsallem
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