The Agropolis International association, a collective platform concerned with the countries of the South and the Mediterranean, interfacing with international partners

Enhancing the international attractiveness of the Agropolis cluster, a unique platform for the fields of agriculture, food, environment and biodiversity; one that enjoys national, European and international renown and is strongly involved with its partners in Europe and the OECD countries and focuses on the countries of the South and the Mediterranean.

Through its collective scope, Agropolis International provides added value and draws on a wide range of expertise within the outstanding scientific community formed by its member organizations.



3 main objectives :

  • To integrate the Agropolis International platform into national, European and international networks concerned with agricultural research and development issues

  • To facilitate and foster international cooperation for its member organizations at all levels

  • To support its member organizations’ international activities through the design, coordination and management of projects and events aimed at sustaining an active network of international partners and enhancing the cluster’s visibility and attractiveness.


Offering a platform at the heart of agricultural research for development

Involvement in the French Commission for International Agricultural Research


The French Commission for International Agricultural Research is the political decision-making tool in the area of international agricultural research. It is the interface between, on the one hand, research centres, the Agropolis International scientific community and the French ministries involved and, on the other hand, the international research system, including CGIAR.


More about the French Commission for International Agricultural Research

Involvement in the European AGRINATURA network


AGRINATURA is a grouping of European universities and research organizations with a common interest in sustainably supporting agricultural development in order to improve people’s lives.

AGRINATURA brings its collective resources to bear in partnership with international collaborators. It seeks to nurture scientific excellence through joint research, educational and training programmes and projects, and advocates for greater support for agricultural research and educational programmes that contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals and the new agenda of Sustainable Development Goals.

Agropolis International was in at the creation of the NATURA network in 1988, together with Wageningen University, Netherlands.
network in 1988, together with Wageningen University (The Netherlands).



Facilitating international cooperation for its members

Members and partners of Agropolis International dedicated to international cooperation

French organizations

An extensive research and training system, carrying out cooperation activities with more than 100 countries:

Foreign and international organizations based in Montpellier

A wide range of international organizations dedicated to agro-environmental issues and major global challenges

Bioversity International CSIRO
Labex de l'Embrapa
Foreign Laboratory Without Walls of Embrapa (Labex Europe)
Labintex de l'INTA
Foreign Laboratory Without Walls of INTA (Labintex Europe)
Labex de l'Universite Putra Malaysia
Foreign Laboratory Without Walls of Putra Malaysia University (UPM Labex)
Partnership with foreign institutions arranged by the Agropolis International association

Foreign Laboratories Without Walls (Labs WW), an innovative concept, an instrument for the strengthening and diversification of established partnerships

Agropolis International provides technical, scientific and logistical support to make this unique partnership possible.

Name Installation at Agropolis International Web
Embrapa (Brazil) 2002 Page web
INTA (Argentina) 2012 Page web
UPM (Malaysia) 2016 Page web

Agropolis International provides technical, scientific and logistical support to make this unique partnership possible.

Each Lab WW is run by a coordinator, appointed by the foreign partner organization, whose role is to promote scientific and academic collaborations between his or her own organization and French and European organizations sharing common issues.

More about Foreign Laboratories Without Walls (Labs WW)


Partnerships with other foreign organizations

Technical and scientific cooperation between Campinas and Agropolis International

Agropolo Campinas (Brazil)



Partnership agreement between Agropolis International and Kyoto University (Japan)

Convention with Kyoto University (Japan)

Providing services for visiting scientists and delegations

The Euraxess Services Centre in Languedoc-Roussillon, managed since 2004 by Agropolis International, was transferred to the “International Office” of COMUE LRU in Montpellier, as of 27th February, 2017

Web site

Welcoming delegations and visitors
Agropolis International manages a department that proposes visit programmes adapted to the various partners


Supporting the international activities of its member organizations

Agropolis International facilitates the design, coordination and financial management of major projects in which its members are involved:


Providing services for the organization of national and international events

Agropolis International offers appropriate facilities to host meetings and supports its members in the organization of national or international meetings

Some references


Closed projects

Projects funded by local authorities: ‘Decentralised Cooperation

Sustainable development in China (ARCUS 2006-2010)
decentralised cooperation with China

Aquaculture, business park and food systems in Tunisia
decentralised cooperation with Tunisia

Food systems and agro-business park in Morocco
decentralised cooperation with Morocco

Cooperation with the National Advanced School of Agronomy (ENSA) of Algiers

Water management and rural territories development in Chile
decentralised cooperation with Chile

Rural development of Mediterranean hinterlands in Dalmatia (Croatia) and Herault (France) districts
International cooperation with Croatia

European Network of Innovation and Technology in the Agricultural and Food Sectors (RED-ITAA project) 2011-2013
RED-ITAA project

Projects with funding for other sources

SAMAQQ study 'Food Security Across the Mediterranean: A Quantitative and Qualitative forecast to 2030'
SAMAQQ study

Agricultural Research in the Mediterranean Area


Projects funded by French ministries or agencies

Toward an integrated water resources management: implementations in the Limpopo, Mekong and Niger river basins (ECHEL-Eau project 2005-2010)
ECHEL-Eau Project

Promoting sustainable development in agricultural research systems (DURAS project 2005-2008)
DURAS Project

MER-MED project: ‘adaptation to environmental changes in the Mediterranean sea: which research priorities and partnerships ?' (2013-2014)
MER-MED project

Which research and which partnership for the Mediterranean area? (ARP PARME 2010-2011)
PARME foresight analysis

Projects funded by European Union or international agencies

7ème PCRDT ARIM-NET2 (2014-2017)
ARIM-NET2 Project

The European network of clusters in agro-biotechnologies (ABC Network project 2006-2008)
ABC Network project

‘Activity and Food for Regional Economies Supporting Health’ (Afresh project) 2010-2013
Afresh project

'Feeding the planet - European Bio Food on the world stage' (2012-2014)
Feeding the planet project

FOSTER : Facilitate Open Science Training For European Research (2015)
FOSTER project

‘European Network for integrating novel technologies for food processing’ (HighTech Europe project) 2009-2013
HighTech Europe project

INCluSilver Project ( 2017- 2020)
INCluSilver project

'INPROFOOD, Towards sustainable food research' 2011-2013

‘Institutional and Social Innovations in Irrigation Mediterranean Management’ (MEDA-ISIIMM project 2003-2008)

Argan Research and development Project in Morocco ( MEDA-ADS Argan project 2005-2007)
Meda-ADS Arganier project

Promotion of sustainable food systems in the Mediterranean' (2013-2017)
Medina project

Projet MERMED ‘adaptation to environmental changes in the Mediterranean sea: which research priorities and partnerships ?' (2013-2014)
ARP MERMED project

National Information Platforms for Nutrition (2015-2019)

European Network of Innovation and Technology in the Agricultural and Food Sectors (RED-ITAA project) 2011-2013
RED-ITAA project


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